How a DUI Could Change Your Life
More than two dozen people die each day as a result of drunk driving. However, even if you don’t kill anyone while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could still face serious legal ramifications. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that your life can change if you are charged or convicted of a DUI.
You Could Lose Your Freedom
It is possible to spend months or years in jail after being convicted of a DUI. This could be true even if you have no prior record of driving while impaired. If you don’t go to jail, you could still lose your driver’s license. Losing the ability to drive could limit your freedom of movement in a practical sense. Furthermore, you will likely have to pay court costs, legal fees and a fine. This may further limit your options for what you can do in your spare time.
Getting to Work May Be Difficult
If you are unable to drive, getting to work on time could be much more difficult. Furthermore, if your job requires you to drive a car, truck or other vehicle, your employer may have no choice but to let you go until you get your license back. In some cases, you may be terminated by an employer simply for being charged with drunk or impaired driving.
The DUI Will Show Up on Background Checks
The employment-related consequences of getting a DUI don’t stop at transportation. Most companies will conduct background checks on job candidates. In the event that a company doesn’t do a formal background check, it may still be necessary to disclose the DUI as part of the application or interview process. While some employers will overlook the charge or conviction depending on the circumstances, you never want to do anything that jeopardizes your chances of finding a job.
You Might Have to File for Bankruptcy
Legal fees and court costs can run into the thousands of dollars or more. If you aren’t able to work, it may be impossible to pay those expenses while also keeping up with a car or rent payment. Even if you are able to work, making ends meet will be difficult in the aftermath of a DUI conviction. Therefore, your only option might be to file for protection from creditors.
You Could Lose the Trust of Family and Friends
Those who are closest to you may be able to forgive you for driving while under the influence. However, they might find it harder to trust your judgment in the future. If a family member or friend has been negatively impacted by a drunk driver in the past, they may not want to associate with you anymore. Such a situation could arise regardless of whether or not anyone was hurt or any property was damaged. To many people, getting a DUI is a big social stigma.
It’s Important to Know How to Defend Yourself
If you are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will have the chance to defend yourself against the charge. A DUI attorney may be able to present evidence that proves you weren’t impaired when police first made contact with you. This could be done by showing that you were experiencing a medical emergency or that there was an issue with your vehicle that caused you to swerve or otherwise drive erratically.
There are also options for defendants who were proven to be drunk at the time of arrest. Many situations could lead to charges being reduced or dismissed. If the charge is dismissed, it may be sealed or otherwise hidden from those conducting a background check. Even a reduced charge could significantly lower potential penalties and long-term effects.
To get in touch with a DUI attorney, call the law office of Denis Driscoll in Parsippany, NJ, at (973) 585-6982. You can also contact us directly through our website at your earliest convenience.