People who are caught driving while they’re intoxicated often worry about the immediate consequences they face. These are the ones that are imposed through the administrative process and the criminal court system. What they might not realize, however, is that there are other consequences they can face because of a conviction — many of them long-lasting.
One primary consideration is the increase in expenses that comes with this type of situation. Not only do you have to deal with the fines that the court imposes, but you’ll also have to handle the increase in insurance premiums that happens when you have a drunk driving mark on your record. Of course, this won’t start until you have your driver’s license back.
It’s also possible that having the drunk driving conviction on your driving record could impact your employment. This is especially true if you have to drive for work because the company’s insurer might not be willing to cover you. You may not be able to do that job and could face termination if there’s nothing else you’re able to do. Your job might also be in jeopardy as you fight the drunk driving charge. It may be hard for them to let you off work for court dates and other appointments related to the case.
You may also have to deal with the stigma of the arrest, particularly if you are convicted, when you’re looking for future employment or in other situations.
If you’re facing a drunk driving charge, you need to learn about the options that you have for dealing with the case. Your attorney can go over these and you can consider how each option might affect the short-term and long-term consequences that you’re facing. Once you determine that, you can decide on the direction of your case.