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The longterm consequences of a DUI or DWI conviction

Most people see a DUI or DWI conviction as a temporary inconvenience that will eventually pass. Jail time, probation, drug and alcohol classes, drivers' license suspensions, ignition interlock device requirements, fines and other punishments are temporary, right? While this is true, there are some lasting effects of a DUI or DWI conviction of which those accused of the crimes should be aware.

One very serious long-term consequence of a conviction applies to those with jobs in the transportation industry. These individuals could lose their jobs immediately when their employers see a DUI or DWI conviction on their driving records. The conviction also shows up on your permanent criminal record, which might interfere with your future employability. These days, employers commonly carry out criminal background investigations before making hiring decisions. If other candidates without black marks are competing for the job, the person with the DUI might miss out.

DUIs can negatively affect college applicants too. Someone with a DUI or DWI on his or her driving record might not be able to get into his or her preferred school. Furthermore, a DUI or DWI could disqualify someone from getting a professional state certification or license, particularly teachers, drivers, attorneys, nurses and doctors.

Furthermore, if the DUI charge is felony-level, it comes with even worse consequences. For example, convicted felons lose some important personal liberties, like the right to have passports, possess firearms and vote. A felony conviction can also ruin your chances of qualifying for different kinds of government assistance.

As you can see, the consequences of DUI or DWI convictions extend far beyond the immediate punishments. South Carolina residents accused of DUI will therefore want to discuss their cases with a qualified criminal defense lawyer to determine what can be done reduce their likelihood of conviction. At the Drennan Law Firm, we have experienced criminal defense attorneys on staff to represent those accused of drunk driving.

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