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Your DUI: How your life changes

Immediately after realizing you're facing a DUI, your thoughts may turn to how your life could change. Beyond the potential for a jail sentence or fine, there are other things you have to worry about.

Socially, you may become an outcast from your friends or family. At work, you may struggle to maintain your job, to get there each day or could lose it as a result of a DUI conviction. Even your home could be threatened if you're unable to work and can't make payments. Sometimes, if you rent, you won't be able to get a job because of your criminal record.

DUIs affect every aspect of your life

Whether you're a student or a working professional, the first thing you may be worried about is your job or schooling. A DUI has the potential to cost you scholarships and employment. For example, if you drive for your job, you may lose your license and get fired thanks to the terms of your employment. If you lose your job, you won't have the income you need to support your home or family. Finding a new job may be difficult, too, since you have no way to get there if you've lost your license.

Both felony and misdemeanor DUIs show up in your background check when you apply for jobs. A DUI has the ability to prevent you from getting apartments, mortgages, admission into a college and to make many parts of your life more difficult.

Another costly result of a DUI is the hike in your auto insurance rates. Your DUI conviction may cause your insurance to skyrocket due to your "high-risk" designation. If that happens, your rates could double or triple, making them difficult to afford. If you can't afford the insurance or can't get insurance due to your history, then you could be unable to drive in the future.

You can fight the charges

The good news about DUIs is that it's easy to fight the charges. You have many angles you can use to approach the DUI. For instance, you may be able to show that the officer did not have a right to pull you over or that you hadn't been drinking before the arrest. You may ask for proof of evidence or question the validity of breath tests. No matter what happens, it's always going to be in your best interests to challenge the DUI before giving in to a conviction.

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