Driving under the influence is the most common criminal offense in the United States. A DUI conviction can have serious consequences. These are three of the most common.
- Court Ordered Penalities
Depending on the laws of your state and the severity of your infraction, you could receive jail time. Additionally, you may be required to pay fines and other fees. The court may also order you to complete community service and court ordered classes online or in person.
- Driving Penalties and Restrictions
Your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked for up to two years for a first offense. Your insurance premiums will probably increase and you may be dropped by your current carrier. A DUI conviction may result in having to seek insurance in your state’s high-risk market. Your state may require you to have a breathalyzer device installed in your vehicle that will prevent you from starting the vehicle if you fail the test.
- Employment Penalties
Having to miss work to attend court, complete community service or serve jail time could put your job at risk. If your job involves driving, having a DUI on your record may cause you to lose the job, even if you don’t lose your license. Additionally, when you look for a new job, most employers will conduct a criminal background check. Some employers may not be willing to hire people with a criminal record. A DUI arrest may also harm your reputation with coworkers and your employer. If your employer feels that your arrest reflects poorly upon them, they may even terminate your employment.
The best way to avoid the consequences of a DUI arrest is to practice safe driving and utilize a designated driver or alternative transportation if you have been drinking. Once you have a DUI on your record, getting your life back to normal may take years.