For a first DUI offense, your driver’s license can be revoked for 180 days up to one year. This will put a strain on your employment, schooling, medical and/or family needs.
Ignition Interlock Device
Certain DUI cases may require a person to install an ignition interlock device when they do regain their license. This device is connected to your vehicle’s ignition and you are required to blow into it for an alcohol concentration reading before you start your car. If the device detects alcohol, it will prevent the car from starting.
Court dates, meetings with lawyers, classes, and community service take a lot of time. That time away from your current job may cause you to lose your position. If you are looking for a new job, it is not uncommon for employers to conduct background checks prior to employment. While your DUI charge may not have anything to do with the job, many employers are hesitant to hire someone with a DUI charge, especially for a job that requires driving.
Auto Insurance Rates
You can expect a significant increase in your auto insurance premium if you are convicted of a DUI. This is because you are categorized as “high-risk” by insurance companies, and that comes with a cost. It’s not out of the ordinary for your rates to double or triple for a number of years, especially if there is a crash. Some companies may even terminate your coverage altogether.
If you work in a profession that requires a state license that professional organization may revoke your license if you are arrested, charged, or convicted of DUI.
If you are going through a divorce, a recent DUI could jeopardize your child custody agreement. A DUI charge may lead a court to question whether you are a responsible parent. They may make the case that your child’s safety is at risk when riding with you.
A DUI conviction comes with a cost. Some expenses include car towing, bail, legal fees, increased insurance, education programs, counseling, probation and license fees.
There is no minimum jail time for a DUI charge. Subsequent or aggravated DUI’s can carry mandatory jail sentences. Remember that even if there is no minimum, that doesn’t mean a judge cannot sentence someone to jail.
There is always the possibility of someone being injured as a result of a DUI. If this is the case, you may find yourself facing massive financial penalties in addition to facing DUI charges.
Get Educated and Call Our DUI Attorneys If You Need Assistance
If you or a loved one has alcohol addiction, consider reading this resource from the American Addiction Centers. Being educated is the best way to help yourself or someone you love with alcohol addiction and get them the help they need.
Already charged with a DUI? Contact our Jacksonville law offices and speak with our DUI attorneys about representation. We will ensure you fully understand the law and provide counsel on your behalf.