Consequences of a DUI
Why Should I Fight My DUI? This is one of the questions we frequently answer. The consequences of a DUI are extreme and should not be left to chance!
Consider the following consequences of a conviction:
- A DUI conviction is permanent. It cannot get expunged. You will have a criminal record!
- You will get probation and a probation officer.
- You will most likely get a jail sentence, be put under house arrest, or be sent to an alternative housing facility.
- You will pay fines that cost thousands of dollars.
- Your license will be suspended. Most DUI offenses are not eligible for a work license, commonly referred to as a “bread and butter” license. The length of your suspension will vary depending on prior DUI convictions and the dates of those convictions.
- A Commercial driver’s license will be suspended for 1 year for a first offender or for life in the case of a second DUI conviction. (If you are a CDL licensee and you refuse a breath or blood test, and it’s your first DUI, you will loose your CDL for 2 years.)
- If you are caught driving on a DUI suspended license, you will face a mandatory fine of at least $500.00 and a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 60 days.
- Multiple offenders will have to get an ignition interlock device when they get their license back. (There is pending legislation that will require first time DUI offenders to get an ignition interlock as well.)
- Your insurance may go up.
- If you travel for business or pleasure, your travel may be restricted. For example, Canada often blocks travel or makes travel extremely difficult for those with DUI convictions.
- You can’t purchase or transfer a firearm if you have 3 or more DUI convictions within 5 years.
- You may lose your job.
- It may affect your professional license.
- You may be denied admission to certain schools.
- If your job requires a security clearance, you may lose your job.
- You may have to undergo treatment programs that are both time-consuming and expensive.
- You may have to pay restitution if there is an accident.
- It may affect a child custody situation in a divorce.
- You may have difficulty renting a car.
- It may damage your reputation.
There is no reason not to fight your case. Often, you can’t make your situation worse by fighting! Call Mike Sherman today for your fee consultation, and find out if your case or your penalties can be reduced.