Driving under the influence is a serious offense that can have severe consequences for those who get convicted.
Understanding these consequences is important for anyone considering the risks of getting behind the wheel while impaired.
Did you know that 13,384 people died in drunk-driving incidents in 2021? As a result of the dangers inherent in this behavior, you could face fines, probation, mandatory alcohol education programs and jail time. These legal penalties vary depending on the severity of the offense and whether it is your first conviction.
Driver’s license suspension
A DUI conviction often results in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, making it challenging to get to work, school or other important places. Reinstating your license usually requires attending alcohol education programs and paying hefty fines.
Increased insurance costs
Insurance companies view DUI convictions as high-risk behavior, so your insurance premiums will likely skyrocket if the company continues to insure you at all. This can strain your finances for years, and you may find it more challenging to find and afford coverage.
Your reputation can suffer as a result of a DUI conviction. Friends, family and colleagues may view you differently, and the stigma associated with drunk driving can linger for a long time. In fact, many employers perform background checks and a DUI on your record may make you less desirable to potential employers, especially for jobs that involve driving or handling sensitive tasks.
For non-U.S. citizens, a DUI conviction can lead to deportation, visa revocation or difficulties obtaining legal status in the future.
The best option for avoiding these consequences includes assigning a designated driver or calling for a ride if you have imbibed.