Driving under the influence is more common than you may think. But unfortunately, most people do not realize the consequences a DUI conviction can have on their lives.
Some common consequences of a DUI conviction may include fines, temporary suspension of your driver’s license, and mandatory community service. However, there are long-term effects that can have a more profound impact on your life.
Here are some long-term consequences of a DUI conviction:
1. Employment issues
A DUI conviction can affect your job. Community service, court proceedings and jail time can negatively affect your work schedule and jeopardize your employment. Moreover, if you are looking for a new job, you may find that many potential employers will do a background check and see the charges on your record.
2. Increased rates or loss of your auto insurance
When purchasing auto insurance, the insurer will consider many factors, including your driving record, to determine your insurance rates. If you have a DUI conviction, some insurers will deny you coverage or terminate existing coverage. If you are able to keep your current insurance, you can expect your rates to increase.
3. The loss of your license
A DUI conviction can lead to the revocation of your driver’s license. This can last two to three years for a second and third DUI conviction. Without a driver’s license, you may struggle to get to work, go to school, run errands and do other important things.
A DUI conviction can adversely impact your life. In addition, your personal and professional relationships can be negatively affected. That makes it particularly important to get experienced legal guidance early on.