If law enforcement arrests you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you will likely be nervous and apprehensive, especially if you are not familiar with the legal system.
In addition to the fines and other penalties you face for a DUI conviction, there are long-term consequences to be aware of.
If you are already employed, you could lose your job over a DUI conviction, especially if your responsibilities include driving a company vehicle. If you are looking for a new job, you may face difficulties due to the DUI mark on your record. Background searches are common with most companies and an interviewer may pass you over for another candidate with a clean record.
If you are a young driver with certain career hopes, A DUI conviction will disqualify you from obtaining the licensing or certification you need for certain occupations. For example, you will not be eligible to become a teacher, lawyer or doctor.
Auto insurance woes
Because of the DUI conviction, your auto insurance provider may regard you as a high-risk driver. Your insurer can either cancel your coverage or issue another policy at much higher rates. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to charge two or three times more for a DUI offender.
About your rights
The foremost goal in planning your defense strategy for a DUI charge is the protection of your rights. A thorough investigation will look into police procedures, testing, and whether the stop for suspected drunk driving was even appropriate. Given the possible consequences of a DUI mark on your record and the effects it could have on your future, you have the right to expect the best possible outcome for your case.