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Why a DUI Can Wreck Your Life

When you get into your car and head out, you don’t typically think that this could be the day that changes your life. You see your car as a convenience, as a way to get around, and not much more than that, but it can also wreck your life should you make an unfortunate decision. For those charged with a DUI, the repercussions can be massive, and depending on the circumstances, they can wreck your life – or at least the life you envisioned.

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Let’s take a look at why a DUI can be such a serious charge and what it can mean for your life.

You Are Unable to Drive

One of the most immediate ways in which a DUI can negatively affect your life is that you are no longer able to drive. You may be slapped with a suspension and even a short one can have a huge impact. Ask yourself how you would get to and from work, run errands, and go about your daily tasks without access to a vehicle.

Even if you don’t get a suspension or it’s just a short one, if you get convicted, you can expect a huge increase in your car insurance. This reason alone is often enough for people to hire a lawyer that will fight on their behalf and hopefully prevents that conviction from occurring. You can check out options like The Defenders Criminal Defense Lawyers. And in more serious cases, it may not be an increase that you face, rather, your insurance is canceled altogether. Finding a new company that will insure you can be harder than you think.

You May Face a Lawsuit

Then there is the fact you may be involved in a civil lawsuit, which at the very least is stressful, mentally draining, and time-consuming. If you’re found guilty, the consequences can be life-altering in a negative way. Lawsuits tend to happen if you have caused injury to another person. There is a good chance they will want compensation.

What If an Employer Does a Background Check?

Another way a DUI can affect you is if you’re job hunting and the potential employer does a background check. This isn’t unheard of, and they may even ask you to disclose that information on your own. Ask yourself how a DUI charge could potentially affect your ability to find a job and advance in your chosen career. Again, that can have lasting effects.

Your Mental Health May Also Be Affected

When you start to look at all the ways a DUI can wreck your life, it’s also easy to see how it may affect your mental health. There will be a lot of stress, anxiety, fear, and even remorse that you go through all of which chips away at your mental health.

A DUI Can Have Lasting Effects

What may seem like a regrettable and momentary lapse in judgment to drive while under the influence can, unfortunately, have lasting negative effects on your life. This is why DUI charges should be taken so seriously.


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Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the founder of ESBO ltd a brand mentioning company. He is also passionate about meditation and healthy living. You can find articles on such topics at his spiritual blog Dzhingarov.com. Contact the author.
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  1. Another factor to consider is the effect a DUI conviction can have on a professional license. Nurses, doctors, dentists, realtors, and hundreds of other types of licensed professionals can experience collateral consequences that affect their career and reputation.

    Licensing boards are notified of DUI arrests via fingerprinting. A DUI conviction usually triggers a license board investigation and discipline that can include strict probation terms or even license revocation. It is crucial that licensed professionals exhaust every option to get a DUI case dismissed or reduced to a non-DUI charge such as reckless driving.

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  2. Moreover, if convicted of a misdemeanor first-time DUI, this offense on a background check today will likely affect a person’s life by lowering chances to remain at a current job or get hired at a new one. This conviction fact especially applies to a DUI offender when a job may require driving.

    If a drunk driving defendant has their license revoked, the long term impact on a person’s life will be even worse if you get caught driving while a license has already been suspended by the DMV. Also, as this criminal charge pertains to an employee contract to remain on the job, many companies now require an employee to disclose their job supervisor about any recent arrest, regardless if the charge is DUI-related or another criminal offense.

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  3. Taryn J. White says:

    This is a good brief summarization of why a DUI can cause issues in life. Not only can this be true for drivers currently having to fightDUIcharges at trial, but also convicted offenders who need to install an interlock in any car they drive for at least 1 year.

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