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How Can a DUI Impact Your Life?

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One minute, a driver is on the road, either heading home or going to a different destination, and the next, they are dealing with a DUI charge. The accusation of driving under the influence can severely impact someone’s personal and professional life. While some may assume that if the charge goes away, everything will return to “normal,” that is not always the case.

Professional Impacts

If a driver is charged with a DUI, and part of that individual’s job requires them to operate a motor vehicle, they may not be able to perform their duties until they complete the penalties resulting from the charge. An employer may also implement disciplinary action up to termination. If someone drives for a living, such as for a ridesharing service or delivery service, a DUI could result in the loss of their livelihood.

Additionally, if workers lose their driving privileges because of the DUI but need their vehicle to get to their job, they will need to find alternate transportation. If someone is self-employed, being unable to drive could limit that person’s ability to meet with customers or potential new clients.

Personal Impacts

Financially, someone’s wallet will be impacted by a DUI because of any fees or fines on top of paying more for car insurance. A conviction could also lead to a driver needing an SR-22 which is extra insurance that is expensive.

Someone with a DUI may be limited in their ability to socialize and participate in activities they enjoy. This is because some judges hand down conditions stating that an individual is not allowed to drink or go to a bar as part of their probation or punishment.

Charged with a DUI?

If you are facing a DUI charge, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the impact it has on your life:

  • You should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
  • You may be able to attend alcohol education classes or participate in other programs that can help reduce the impact of the conviction on your life.
  • If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to a DUI, you should consider alternative transportation options, such as public transportation or carpooling.

Getting a DUI can be a severe ordeal that can significantly impact your personal and professional life. However, by taking some proactive steps, you can minimize the impact of a DUI on your life.

If you were arrested for a DUI, contact The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz to discuss your legal options.

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