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What are the long-term consequences of my DUI conviction?

When a Montgomery police officer arrests you on a drunk driving charge, it can be very frightening going through the process of getting booked in jail. Maybe you were just driving home from a party, or driving home from work, when you were suddenly surprised by the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Maybe you innocently lost control of your vehicle, and police suspected you of being drunk when you definitely were not.

As you're waiting in the jail cell to be released, you will have a lot to think about. Perhaps the most important issues you'll want to think about during this time are the many long-term consequences of DUI that you could face if a criminal court convicts you of the offense.

How DUI convictions affect you in the long run

There are obvious short-term consequences, like needing to pay fines, not being able to drive, and the possibility of jail time -- but the long-term effects of a DUI conviction could potentially damage your future in a way that's much worse.

-- Employment challenges: Not being able to drive to work, needing to take time off to attend court hearings and your mandatory community service hours could cut into your work time productivity. It could also result in the loss of your job. Also, if your job involves driving or some kind of public service, your employer could terminate you as a result of a DUI conviction.

-- You might have your driver's license revoked: If you can't drive to work, or pick your children up for school, you could face severe limitations. Great stresses will come with the loss of your driving privileges. Plus, the costs of hiring a taxi will add to your financial burdens.

-- Being exposed during background checks: These days, employers prefer to check the criminal backgrounds of new job applicants. Having a DUI conviction on your record could mean the disqualification of your job eligibility.

-- Increased auto insurance bills: Your auto insurance bills will increase after a DUI, as your insurance company will begin to see you as a high-risk driver.

Defend yourself against your DUI charges

In order to avoid the above consequences, Alabama drivers accused of intoxicated driving may want to hire a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced with defending those accused of DUI. Your lawyer can help you navigate your criminal court proceedings to try and limit the chances and/or severity of conviction and punishment.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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