If you’re found guilty of a DUI, you’ll have to pay fines, attend a mandatory alcohol/drug course, and possibly serve time in jail and face probation. However, there are penalties of a DUI that reach far beyond just fines and jail time. Here are the consequences of a DUI that no one tells you about.
The Loss of Your License
If convicted of a DUI, you could lose your license. This is particularly true if it’s your second or third offense. When you lose your license, it is difficult to engage in day-to-day activities like working, grocery shopping, or picking your children up from school.
Current and Future Employment
Taking time off work for court appearances and not getting to and from work can affect any job. A conviction results in a permanent criminal record that makes future employers less likely to hire you.
A DUI conviction can cause your car insurance rates to go up, and in some cases, may cause your insurance company to drop your coverage altogether. In Mississippi, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle without adequate insurance coverage. So, you could be unable to drive your vehicle if you cannot afford the higher premiums or your insurance provider terminates your coverage.
If you have a scholarship or could become eligible for one, a DUI conviction can put your scholarship in jeopardy. Many programs will not accept students who are charged and convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Personal relationships can become strained after someone is convicted of a DUI. Friends and family members may be less comfortable around you, and very close individuals — such as a spouse or an older child — may be very angry and may lash out at you. Sometimes, family members will become overprotective and constantly worry whether you are drinking to excess or are drinking and driving again. This can be stressful and in some cases, relationships end because of DUI’s.
Contact a DUI Attorney Today
If you are charged with a DUI, reach out for experienced legal help. In fact, hiring an attorney who is well-versed in DUI law is crucial to the success of your case. Call the Law Office of J. Brian Kelley today for a consultation at (208) 735-0030.