As an adult, you’re faced with decisions ever single day. Some decisions have small impacts, like what to have to for lunch, while others have much larger impacts, like whether you’re okay to drive after a few drinks. In the United States, there is a death every 51 minutes due to someone driving while under the influence. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, this should be a decision that is a no-brainer. Don’t drink and drive or you’ll face serious consequences that not only affect you, but your loved ones and other drivers on the road. In addition to putting yourself and others in risk of serious injury, there are several other ways that being convicted of a DUI will affect your future. Read on to learn more.
7 Ways a DUI Will Seriously Impact Your Life
1. If you have a DUI conviction on your record, it stays. Even after completing the terms of probation or a jail sentence, a DUI conviction will continue to be on your record.
2. You will face jail time or pay probation fees. In addition you will visit a probation officer every month within the court-issued probationary period.
3. No driving for you. Your license will be suspended from 90 days to up to 2 years. All circumstances will be taken into consideration during your sentencing.
4. Continued DUI education programs and other classes will be a mandated part of how you use your time. Depending on the specific situation, you may also have an interlock device installed, pay court fines and complete a set number of community service hours.
5. Your insurance rates will skyrocket. When you can drive, your insurance rates will double or triple in comparison to your earlier rate for a minimum of 3 years.
6. Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Check yes on all future job applications. If currently employed, you may need to update your employment file to reflect your new status. This impacts on current and future job opportunities.
7. Any time that you are stopped by a police office, you are more likely to have to go through a DUI investigation. Your DUI conviction will show up every time officers scan your driver’s license number. Officers will check on your sobriety after they see the previous conviction.
Putting yourself and others at risk is never worth it. If you’ve been drinking, call an Uber, hail a cab, or find a sober friend to drive you home.
Have You Been the Injured by a Drunk Driver?
Finding a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta may be necessary when you have been the victim of a DUI-related accident. You may have sustained a life-altering injury that makes it difficult to perform daily tasks and has reduced the quality of your life. The McAleer Law Firm supports clients in receiving full and fair compensation for their injuries. Contact the Law Offices of McAleer at 404.MCALEER for a complimentary consultation.