Drunk Driving Punishment
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is not a subject matter or criminal charge that should ever be taken lightly. First and foremost, it is extremely dangerous, and those who chose to engage in drunk driving are not only risking their own lives but also the lives of countless other drivers who share the road. The consequences, however, extend far beyond the possibility of injury and fatality; the legal repercussions of a DUI conviction are varied and can have a negative impact on both your personal and professional life.
The Punishments For A DUI Conviction
The immediate consequences of a DUI conviction differ from state to state, but those charged with this crime can likely expect license suspension, large fines, probation, community service and other mandatory obligations. These penalties can have numerous effects on your life and basic freedoms; you may be unable to drive to everyday destinations, be forced to sacrifice your free time and money, and, in worst case scenarios, could lose your job.
As a note to minors, underage drunk driving can often times result in even more charges (such as minor in possession of alcohol) and, therefore, more penalties.
The long-term effects of a DUI can take a large toll as well. Because a DUI charge almost always stays on your criminal record forever, you may experience certain consequences for the rest of your life. From the day of conviction moving forward, anyone who performs a background check--the most important often being potential or current employers--will see your conviction. This can significantly affect your career prospects in the future.
Other Consequences Of Drunk Driving
Other long-term consequences of a DUI charge include possible spikes in insurance rates--car, life and medical insurance companies all often reserve rights to increase rates upon conviction. Sometimes, companies can deny coverage all together. In addition, offenders in certain states might face challenges when trying to rent a car, apply for certain schools or obtain a commercial and/or piloting license.
The only way to completely avoid these legal problems is to abstain from drinking and driving all together, but if you find yourself facing charges, your best defense is to hire an experienced DUI lawyer who is well-versed in your state's specific DUI laws. A good DUI attorney can increase the possibility of decreased fines, probation/jail time, community service and license suspension terms. In the best case scenario, they can get a DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving charge or get the case dropped all together.
To increase your chances of a favorable outcome, please submit your contact information online to receive a free, no obligation case evaluation with a DUI attorney in your area.
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