Most of us know the legal ramifications of a DUI – you will be facing multiple fines, a driver’s license revocation, and possible jail time. Being charged with a DUI can land you in a world of legal trouble that can be hard to escape. As if that were not enough, being convicted, charged or even just arrested for a DUI, you will probably notice changes in other areas of your life, too. Here are few ways a DUI charge or conviction can affect your life:
Your Freedom Will be Limited
One of the most well known ways that a DUI arrest will affect you is by having your license suspended. Even though you can apply for driving permits that allow you to drive during your summary suspension, those permits can be restricting and you must be eligible to receive them. You are only eligible for a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) if you are a first-time DUI offender and your offense did not involve a fatality or great bodily harm. A restricted driving permit (RDP) is required for all other DUI offenses including DUI revocations, meaning you can only drive on the basis of your particular permit and you will be likely required to prove that a hardship exists for you if you are not able to drive.
A Conviction Will Become Public Record
When you are arrested for a DUI, a criminal record is created for you if you do not already have one. In the United States, criminal records are public records, meaning that anyone can look up that information if they want to do so. Anyone who runs a background check on you will see your criminal record and the DUI conviction. Many schools, employers, and landlords will run background checks before they approve your applications. A DUI conviction can be problematic and could jeopardize your chances of success in life.
Your Career Could Suffer
Not only could future employers use a DUI conviction as a reason not to hire you, but your current employment could be affected from a DUI charge. You could miss days of work because of the arrest, court dates, legal meetings or even jail time. Many employers also have an automatic termination policy if you are convicted of a crime during your employment with them.
Your Car Insurance Rates Will Go Up
To a car insurance company, a DUI charge or conviction means that you are a “high-risk” driver. Being a high-risk driver means that the insurance company expects you to file an insurance claim more often than an average driver. Because of that, they will likely raise your insurance rates. Some people have seen their monthly insurance premiums double or even triple. And in some instances, your insurance company will drop you from their coverage.
Are You Facing DUI Charges? A Joliet DUI Defense Attorney Can Help
Being charged and convicted with a DUI can affect almost every single part of your life, and chances are, it will not be in a good way. If you are facing DUI charges, you need the immediate help of a Will County DUI defense lawyer. By contacting the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C., you can have peace of mind knowing that you are being represented by an experienced and tenacious attorney who will do everything in his power to prevent a conviction. To schedule a free consultation, call the office at 815-740-4025.