The Long-Term Consequences of a DUI Conviction


    Most of us are aware of the possible unpleasant consequences of DUI conviction. These consequences are immediate, such as paying hefty fines, community service, probation, counseling, alcohol classes, incarceration, and other forms of penalies. But what most people do not foresee are the long-term consequences and the emotional toll that a DUI conviction will have on the arrested individual and their family.

    As a citizen of this country, you have to be aware of the traffic laws, especially when you are on the road. You must understand that a drunk driving charge and conviction can lead to a serious impact on your and your family's future. Here are a few of the long-term consequences you must end if you are denied of DUI.

    Limited Educational Opportunities : You have to understand that as well as suffering the legal consequences of DUI, you may also go through the negative impact of the conviction. For instance, you will have limited education opportunities. There are graduate schools and law schools that may deny access to adolescents with a drunk driving conviction. You have to know that most University applications need full disclosure of any criminal convictions; thus, having a record can hurt your chances of being accepted.

    Disqualification From A Career Opportunity : There are various careers that may involve professional and state licensing or certification. Having a DUI record may disqualify you from such opportunities. Remember that a drunk driving conviction is a misdemeanor or felony crime depending on the circumstances of your arrest; thus, it may become a permanent record. Many employers are now conducting background checks and may want to hire applicants with clean criminal records. If the potential employer discovers your record, it may affect your employer's decision in hiring you.

    Insurance Rates : Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol may also have a huge impact towards your premiums and coverage for different types of insurance policies, such as life, auto, or medical insurance. After your conviction, you will be considered as a high-risk driver; so, your insurance rates may go up or you might have a hard time qualifying for a policy.

    Emotional Toll : Aside from all the things mentioned above, you might also suffer from the emotional toll that a DUI will have upon your life. One of the possible long-term effects of this criminal arrest is depression. Due to stress and the changes in your life, as well as the financial burden caused by the charges, you may feel like your life has been turned upside down. You might not want to socialize with other people and feel like the world is against you. You may feel ashamed and angry, and you might even feel sorry for yourself.

    Source by Sara Schweiger