A DWI conviction carries significant consequences, both short-term and long-term. While the immediate penalties may include fines, license suspension, or even jail time, the long-term impact can be even more severe.
Here are some long-term consequences of a DWI conviction that you need to be aware of:
A Criminal Record
A DWI conviction will go on your criminal record, which can impact your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, or even travel to certain countries. It can also affect your eligibility for certain professional licenses or certifications. If you had a job that required you to have a CDL, for example, if you lose that certification, you won't be able to drive those vehicles any longer. This can result in you losing your job.
Higher Insurance Premiums
A DWI conviction can result in a significant increase in your car insurance premiums. In some cases, your insurer may even drop you altogether, leaving you with limited options for coverage.
Limited Driving Privileges
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car or have restricted driving privileges. This can make it challenging to travel to work, school, or other essential destinations.
A DWI conviction can put a strain on your personal relationships, especially if you caused harm to others while driving under the influence. It can be challenging to repair these relationships and regain the trust of those around you.
The costs associated with a DWI conviction can be staggering. You may be required to pay fines, court fees, and legal costs. Additionally, you may need to take time off work for court appearances, community service, or other requirements.
If you are facing a DWI charge, it's essential to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and minimize the long-term impact of a conviction.
At Drehner Law, we understand the serious consequences of a DWI conviction and are committed to providing our clients with the best possible defense. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.