Thanks to public education campaigns, most people are aware of the immediate impact of a DUI/DWI conviction. Someone found guilty of a DUI will face a driver’s license suspension, fines, jail time, and the installation of an ignition interlock device in their car. However, fewer people are aware of the long-term consequences of a DUI, which can damage one’s entire future.
Misdemeanors and felony DUI convictions show up on background checks. So when a person is looking for work but has a DUI in their past, a prospective employer will run a background check and the conviction may cause the employer to move on to another application. Other agencies which conduct background checks including banks, landlords, and property management companies. A DUI conviction can even hurt one’s likelihood of finding a suitable place to live.
After DUI conviction, auto, health, and life insurance rates skyrocket. Some insurance companies will terminate coverage for drivers who have been convicted of a DUI. In this instance, drivers must turn to high-risk insurance companies who often charge two to three times more for traditional auto insurance policies. Health and life insurance are affected similarly.
Loss of Employment
Individuals who have jobs which require them to drive as part of their daily duties will lose their jobs if convicted of a DUI. In some cases, non-driving occupations will also terminate a person’s employment once convicted of a DUI. Although there are laws protecting people from losing their jobs upon misdemeanor or felony convictions, the laws are tough to enforce since many companies find ways around them. A DUI conviction can even tear down professional relationships, since former co-workers and supervisors may look at the person convicted in a negative light.
Many colleges check a prospective student’s background before approving admission to their school. A DUI conviction could cost young people their chance of attending a quality college. Many scholarship programs will also deny a person’s application if convicted of a DUI. If a person has a scholarship in the works, a conviction could cause the organization to rescind the scholarship.
The long-term effects of a DUI conviction can decide a person’s entire future. Whether the DUI was from driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle, the ramifications are usually severe. If a one is facing a DUI charge, professional legal counsel can help minimize the repercussions of many states’ stringent and complicated DUI/DWI laws.