Driving under the influence, known as a DUI, is one of the most common criminal offenses in the country. Drivers throughout Mississippi and other states who are arrested for driving under the influence face many short-term consequences like fines, community service and even temporary license suspensions. However, there are also long-term consequences that can come out of just one DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction will stay on your permanent record. Any time someone performs a background check on you, they’ll discover your DUI conviction. This could deter colleges from accepting you. Landlords may put you at the bottom of their list, and future employers may decide not to hire you all because they believe you to be irresponsible due to a drunk driving offense on your permanent record.
Revocation of driver’s license
Any licensed driver who is convicted of a DUI for the first time can face license revocation for up to two full years. Without a valid driver’s license, it can be difficult to get through your day-to-day activities. You won’t be able to drive to work, the store or other places that you need to. Shifting to life without a driver’s license can turn your normal routines upside down.
Higher insurance rates
As soon as a DUI conviction hits your driving record, it’s likely that your car insurance rates are going to increase significantly. Car insurance companies know that drivers who have a DUI conviction are at a greater risk for being involved in an auto accident than drivers who have no DUI convictions. It’s fully possible that your insurance company may terminate your coverage, and other insurance providers may not accept you.
When it comes to a DUI conviction, you may be focused on the short-term consequences. However, the above are just some of the many long-term consequences that you should be aware of. You may want to consult a DUI defense attorney about how to avoid some or all of these penalties.