Drinking and driving is a crime. In the state of Florida, the penalties for this crime may include fines, jail time and driver’s license revocation. You may think that once you pay your money or do your time, it’s over–and you can move on with your life. However, a DUI can carry longer- term consequences that you may not expect.
In today’s post, we examine some of the issues you could face with a DUI on your record:
It’s becoming common practice for employers to conduct background checks before hiring someone new. If you have a DUI conviction, this offense will be on your criminal record–and it will show up on background checks. This could negatively affect your employability.
A DUI conviction could also lead to a two- or three-fold spike in your auto insurance rate. This higher rate will often stay in effect for years after your conviction. Some insurance companies will not cover any driver with a DUI.
If you’re currently applying for college, some colleges may deny you based on your criminal record. If you’re currently in school, a DUI could force you to miss class for an extended period of time–which could delay your graduation. In addition, if you are attending school on a scholarship, a DUI may result in your scholarship being revoked.
If you have children, it is even possible that a drunk driving record could affect your ability to maintain custody. The chances of this outcome increase if you have multiple DUIs on your record or if you were pulled over for drunk driving while your child was in the car.
Your life gets more complicated with a DUI conviction on your record. If you’re facing DUI charges, it’s important to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight to keep you out of jail and keep your record clean.