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3 consequences of a DUI conviction

Imagine driving home on a Friday night. After work, you had stopped in to your favorite watering hole to unwind with some of your friends and kick off the weekend. On your way to your house in Mt. Pleasant, you pass a police officer going the opposite way. The next thing you know, the officer has done a U-turn and is following you. Maybe you have had a couple of beers or some tequila shots. No matter what you have had to drink, it might be enough to trigger a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer. If you fail, you could be facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

As you probably know, a DUI conviction can cause you some serious legal troubles. You might have to pay the court thousands of dollars in fees and fines, you could have to spend some time in jail and there could be seemingly endless months of probation. There are also other DUI conviction consequences that can negatively affect your life.

Insurance rates go up

After a driver is convicted of driving under the influence, he or she could see auto insurance premiums rise by anywhere from five to 100 percent. This can depend on the specific circumstances surrounding the DUI. For example, if law enforcement pulls over a driver for a minor traffic violation that results in a DUI, the insurance premium may not go up as much as it would have if the driver had been in a collision as a result of drinking and driving.

You could lose your license

In most cases, the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend the license of an individual immediately upon a DUI arrest. In other words, before you even go to trial, you could lose your license. However, you might be eligible to apply for and receive a provisional license so that you can drive to and from work. If you do receive a temporary license, you might have to have an interlock device installed on your car. With this device, you will have to pass a Breathalyzer test every time you try to start your vehicle. In addition, you will have to pay for the device and have monthly maintenance performed so that it is correctly calibrated.

You might lose your job

A DUI charge alone might be enough to cost you your job. For instance, if you continually miss work because of court appearances or other issues related to your arrest, your employer may become frustrated with your absences and let you go. Or, your employer might have a policy against employing individuals with criminal records. If you drive professionally, a DUI charge that causes you to lose your license can also cost you your job.

If you have been on the receiving end of a DUI charge, keep in mind that you still have rights and options. With a strong defense, you might be able to fight back against the charges and avoid a criminal conviction.

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