A DUI conviction comes with a lot of consequences, legal and otherwise. These consequences vary based on your occupation, any professional licenses you may have, especially Commercial Driver’s Licenses, and the attitudes of your friends, family, and neighbors.
One of the ways a conviction for Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol can come back to haunt you is your employment status. In certain job positions, a person can get fired for getting a DUI conviction. A professional truck driver, or anyone holding a CDL, can lose their commercial driver’s license permanently, which means they also lose their job. Getting a new job, once your jail time and driver’s license suspension have been completed, can be very difficult if you have a criminal record with a DUI conviction on it. This will lead you to have a hard time paying your bills and supporting your family.
Your DUI conviction is always reported to your automobile insurance company. Your rates will go up, the amount dependent on how many convictions you have had. A third DUI conviction in less than ten years will make your insurance coverage so expensive that you might not be able to afford it anymore.
Of course, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence will mean the suspension of your license for a period of time. This is a harsh consequence, and will cause a lot of headaches for you and your family. You won’t be able to get to work, if you even still have a job or can find a new one. You won’t be able to take your kids to school or practice or for outings. Even simple things like grocery shopping will be more difficult.
Another consequence of a DUI conviction is lost time. You could be required to complete community service, safe driving classes, and drug and alcohol evaluations. You could go to jail or state prison. Every hour you spend in court-ordered punishment is another hour you could have spent living your life. You’ll never get those hours back.
Legally, the consequences of a DUI conviction vary and are dependent on how impaired you were and how many previous convictions you have on your record. You could go to jail for anywhere from five days to five years. You could pay fines of anything from $500 to $10,000. And, that driver’s license suspension could be for 30 days or 18 months or anything in between.
Have you or someone you know been arrested for Driving Under the Influence? Is it your first DUI charge, or your second or third time in the last ten years? If so, you will need the expertise of a criminal defense attorney who has handled hundreds of DUI cases, many just like yours. The Logue Criminal Defense team has defended hundreds of people arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Logue Law Group serves Pittsburgh, PA, West Virginia, and Ohio. Call today for a free initial consultation at 1-844-PITT-DUI or (412) 389-0805. Or, you can contact us online.