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Long Term Effects of DUI Convictions

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has the obvious consequence of fines and jail times. But there are other consequences that are not as obvious, and some of them can even linger for years or even a lifetime.

License Revocations
Getting convicted of DUI can get your license revoked for up to 10 years, depending on the gravity of the offense and the consecutive times you have committed it. Having no license greatly affects your mobility and quality of life. If you have no license, you will have a harder time going to work or school, accomplishing errands such as getting groceries, and other tasks that may be more convenient if you have the privilege of driving.

This is not just an issue about convenience. It can also be an issue of responsibility. Without a license, you won’t be able to take the kids to school, and you won’t be very reliable on emergency situations. These may result into significant compromising and arguing within the family.

Employment Issues
If you have a job, your schedule may be compromised because of wasted times in court, jail times, and community service hours. You are at risk of losing your job because of your inability to show up at work and deliver your service. Some companies also fire those who have convictions. This is especially true if you are working on a company that involves driving, such as trucking and delivering companies.

If you do not have a job, you may have a hard time finding one because of the inherent bias against those with convictions.
Because of employment issues that can result from DUI convictions, you may have financial problems. They will affect the quality of your life and may even warrant significant lifestyle changes.

It is important to note that not because you have been arrested for DUI it already means that you are convicted. You can defend yourself, and there are lawyers out there who specialize on DUI defense, such as those from Truslow & Truslow.

But at the end of the day, prevention is always better than defense. Avoid driving under the influence by controlling yourself and knowing your limits.