What Are The Consequences of Drinking and Driving?

Drinking and driving can have serious consequences on your daily life.

Most people are aware of the fact that drinking and driving can lead to serious repercussions if you are pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). However, the fact that these consequences can often stem far past a mark on your record and a serious fine is, unfortunately, not as well known. In fact, most people do not realize just how big of an effect a drunk driving arrest can have on their daily life until they are facing these charges in court.

There are a number of different impacts that drunk driving can have on both your personal and professional life if you are convicted. To help you understand the serious consequences of these charges, here are a few examples of how a DWI charge may affect your life:

Financial Strain

Not only does a DWI charge carry with it a heavy fine itself, but then you also have to factor in lawyer fees and a significant change in your auto insurance costs. In fact, some insurers may even deny you coverage all together if you are a second or third time drunk driving offender, making it very difficult for you to continue driving.

Jail Time

Nearly every DWI charge-even first time charges-come with a possibility of jail time, and the length of jail time rises quickly with each conviction. For instance, a first offense DWI charge carries with it a minimum of 72 hours in jail and a maximum of six days, while a second offense a minimum of 30 days in jail and a maximum of one year.

Losing Your License

One common DWI penalty that comes with both first and second drunk driving offenses is the suspension of your license. Sometimes first time offenders are able to apply for a “occupational license” so that they continue driving to work or school if it is an essential need. However, depending on the severity of your DWI charge, you may find that your license can be suspended from anywhere from 90 days to 2 years.

Losing Your Job

No matter what type of DWI charge you may be facing, it is certain that a drinking and driving conviction can have a long-lasting impact on your career, as it will be a permanent mark on your criminal record. That means that anytime a new potential employer pulls up your record they will see that you found guilty of drinking and driving. You may find that this can be a significant hurdle when trying to find employment or even educational opportunities.

Strain on Relationships

Many people who have been charged with drinking and driving in the past have found that is can be a significant strain on both professional and personal relationships. This is because you are often not able to drive yourself around and have to rely on rides from friends and co-workers, you are not able to go out with friends to the bar because of probation, and you have difficulty keeping up with bills and expenses because of the fines and costs that come with a DWI.

If you are facing harsh penalties and repercussions stemming from a drinking and driving arrest, be sure to contact a professional DWI lawyer to represent you and help fight against these charges. The skilled team of lawyers at The Wilder Firm can help you get the best possible outcome of your case, no matter how many convictions or offenses you have had in the past.