In the U.S, a DUI arrest results in facing some of the harshest laws in the country. Denver attorneys like the C. Robert Biondino Jr. work to handle charges in the strictest states. If you get arrested even for a first-time DUI, you could be facing jail, fines, and a suspended license. Getting drunk and sitting behind the wheel can turn an otherwise fun night into a very expensive, life changing event. There are many reasons why you never want to receive a DUI: here are five of the most important personal consequences.
You’ll Spend the Night in Jail
If you’re arrested for DUI, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be in jail until at least the next day. Even if you’re able to beat the charges when your case comes before a judge, you won’t ever have that night back. If you’re convicted–depending on the judge and the circumstances surrounding your arrest–you could be sentenced to a jail term, although there is no jail penalty for a first-time DUI in some states with the absence of extenuating circumstances.
You Won’t Be Able to Drive
Some states have an implied consent law, meaning that you’ve pre-consented to a breath or urine test as a condition of getting your license. If you refuse to do one of these tests at the time of your arrest, your license can be suspended for one year (or up to three years for a second refusal). Your criminal defense lawyer will have to try to fight to get it back. If you’re convicted of DUI, your license will be revoked for one year on a first offense.
DUIs Are Expensive
In addition to the tow and impound fee for your car and potentially missing a day of work, you’re looking at thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees, court costs, fines ($250 for a first conviction and $500 for a second), and driver’s license reinstatement fees. That’s not to mention the bail money that the courts will hold until your case clears.
The past few years have seen thousands of DUI related crashes in Virginia. You won’t find that it is uncommon those crashes to end up in court. DUI expenses increase when you need legal representation. You need to make sure that the help you do hire is worth the costs. States like Virginia require firms like our friends at Nova Legal Group work to handle some of the strictest laws in the country.
You’ll Have a Criminal History
Even a single DUI on your criminal record can have far-reaching consequences. If you didn’t already have a criminal record as an adult, you will after a DUI. With a criminal record, you may experience more difficulty when applying to certain types of jobs. If you have a professional license, it could also potentially be in jeopardy.
It Can Impact You Socially
In a perfect world, we get second chances and are forgiven for temporary lapses in judgment such as driving drunk. But the reality is that people who’ve never been arrested often judge those who have, particularly when it involves vices like drinking or drug use. When people find out about a DUI arrest, they often jump to their own conclusions. Avoiding a DUI arrest and conviction in the first place is the best way to escape this social stigma.