You probably know the immediate effects of being arrested for and convicted of a DUI. You face jail time, fines, and a suspended license. You may be sentenced to probation, sentenced to drug and alcohol classes, and have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.

Have you stopped to consider the long-term effects that a DUI conviction can have on your life? If not, you aren’t alone. Most people don’t consider that a DUI can have lasting effects on several facets of their lives.

Staying Employed

If your employer has a policy against keeping employees with criminal convictions, you could face the loss of employment. Likewise, if your job duties require that you operate a vehicle, you will be unable to fulfill those duties.

Finding a New Job

Employers are running background checks on potential employees more often these days. As competition for jobs remains fierce, employers want to be sure that they are getting great employees. A criminal conviction, even if it is only a DUI, can have a severe impact on your ability to find gainful employment.

Going to School

Thinking of going back to school? You may want to think again if you have a DUI conviction on your record. Many colleges and universities refuse applicants with a criminal record. If the field you want to enter requires any type of licensing, your conviction may impede you from being certified.

Car Insurance

Getting a DUI typically includes losing your license. When you reinstate your license, you will need to get a car insurance policy. Your policy is called an SR22 and is more expensive than typical insurance. Additionally, not every company offers this type of insurance, meaning you will be hard-pressed to get the best prices.

Felony Convictions

If your DUI is a felony, you face even greater hurdles. Once you are convicted of a felony, no matter the original charge, you are unable to vote, you cannot obtain a passport, and you will not be permitted to purchase a firearm. You may also be ineligible for any type of government assistance.

Being convicted of a DUI is not just an immediate problem to be solved, it has long-term consequences that must be considered. If you have been arrested for DUI, call our offices as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys will fight for you in court until your case is resolved. Call now for a free consultation.

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