If law enforcement stops you on suspicion of drunk driving, how will you respond?
Some drivers feel that all they have to do is pay a fine and get on with their lives. However, a DUI mark on your record can set up roadblocks that will seriously affect your future.
These days, employers do background checks on job applicants as a matter of course. When a recruiter sees the DUI mark on your record, he or she might pass you by in favor of an applicant with a clean record. The issue here is whether you have a drinking problem and how trustworthy you would be as a new employee.
Colleges and universities also run background checks. That DUI blemish on your record might prevent you from gaining admission to the school of your choice. If you are already in college, keep in mind that a DUI conviction may disqualify you from obtaining the certification or state licensing you need for certain careers, such as education, medicine or law.
Once a DUI conviction appears on your record, your auto insurance provider may consider you a high-risk driver. You can expect the insurer either to cancel your policy or issue you a new one at a much higher rate.
If you are a first-time offender, you face a fine of $300 and six months’ probation. If this DUI conviction is your second, you will trade probation for at least five days behind bars. A DUI conviction should never be taken lightly, and you will want the best outcome possible for your case. After all, you have a future to consider.