Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Nobody wants to be convicted of driving under the influence, but that doesn’t necessarily stop people from getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t. After all, it’s time-consuming and expensive to get alternative transportation. But once you learn about the consequences of a conviction, you won’t hesitate to call a cab next time. Is a DUI conviction really that big of a deal?
You Aren’t Allowed to Drive
A DUI almost always results in a temporary suspension of your driver’s license. This suspension can last anywhere from a few months to several years. Not being able to drive is a huge problem unless you have access to public transportation in your area or live within walking distance of your job and the grocery store.
Your Wallet Will Be Empty
Drunk driving charges are very expensive. Even if you didn’t cause any property damage or personal injuries, you can expect to pay thousands of dollars as the result of a DUI conviction. This includes increased insurance premiums, lost wages due to jail time or community service, and court costs. The costs for your DWI attorney are going to be substantial, too. On the bright side, hiring a good attorney will lower other costs if you’re not convicted after all.
You’ll Have a Criminal Record
Drunk driving is a criminal offense. Whether it’s referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), it doesn’t make a difference for you. During a background check for a new job or a new apartment, your drunk driving offense will resurface again and again. However, sometimes a lawyer might be able to get your record expunged. This is something we’ve been able to do for various clients.