By: Mike Stetzer
If you are facing a potential DUI conviction, you may be wondering about the consequences and how they might affect your future. While there various serious consequences that result from drunk driving, it can be difficult to predict the penalties you might face without knowing the circumstances of your case.
Drunk driving laws vary across the country and they are changing regularly. The trend in recent years has been the tightening of enforcement and increasing severity of penalties as well. There are separate and specific penalties in some states for underage drinking and driving, for example, as well as new laws that make penalties more severe for DUIs in which the driver's blood alcohol content is above a certain level, often .15 percent.
If you are concerned about possible DUI penalties in a case, one thing you may want to do is speak with a DUI lawyer about what the possible consequences in your case may be. If you would like a free case evaluation with a local DUI lawyer, complete the free form on this page.
There are a range of consequences for a DUI conviction. Based on the case itself, these consequences may include:
- Suspended driver's license
- Increased insurance rates
- Mandatory alcohol education courses
- Jail time
- Monetary fines
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
As you may be able to see from the list above, the consequences of a DUI can range from simple to severe, and they might feel intrusive and intimidating. The penalties will depend on the details of the case, and the state DUI laws. Is it a first time DUI, or a repeat offense? Was anybody injured or killed in an accident as a result of a DUI? These factors can make a large difference in the severity of the consequences, and whether the DUI charge is a felony or a misdemeanor.
Additional Consequences of a DUI Conviction
Some of the consequences for a DUI are not as obvious, like the increased insurance rates and any potential negative effects on future jobs. These aren't penalties that are handed down by the courts, but they can still have an impact on someone's life. A driver's license suspension could make it harder to get to work - or prevent from applying for a position in the first place. Many states revoke commercial licenses for anyone with a DUI on their record. Some companies might not hire someone who was convicted of DUI.
Contact a DUI Attorney
DUI is serious business. The effects on someone's life can make a real impact. A local DUI attorney may be able to look at your case and determine what the consequences might be. If you would like a DUI lawyer to provide a free case evaluation, simply fill out the form below.