Getting charged with DUI/DWI (Driving under Influence/ Driving While Intoxicated) can put you into a very serious situation. Not only does it come with a rather large fine (not including penalties for damaging property), but can also give you other headaches such as: getting an ignition interlock device installed in your car, having your license revoked or worse, jail time even for first time offenders. Jail time might be mandatory for repeat offenders (laws differ from state to state ref: http://alcoholism.about.com/od/dui/a/state_laws.htm).
Among the various legal penalties you’ll experience; if you‘re convicted for DUI – there are also other consequences you will experience from the aftermath and can range from slight frustrations:
- Difficulty in renting a car
- License suspension
- Difficulty getting an apartment/house
- Mandatory DUI school on offender’s expense
- Severely increased car insurance premiums
- Lowered credit score
- Loss of job or difficulty getting a job (especially harder for government employees)
- Difficulty getting into college/school
- Losing custody of children
These consequences are very real for people who have been convicted of DUI. Always remember that drinking and driving is never a good idea, and knowingly entering a vehicle while under the influence will endanger your life, your passengers, and other innocent motorists/pedestrians. Don’t let this avoidable mistake ruin your life.