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Will the consequences of a DUI hurt your loved ones?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Facing a DUI arrest can be scary, with immediate concerns about legal fees and potential jail time. It is easy to think about how a conviction will impact you personally.

However, the repercussions of a conviction can extend far beyond what you expect, impacting your loved ones in unexpected ways. Let’s look at a few of them.

Increased or new financial stress

A DUI conviction might as well be another term for financial burden, with associated expenses in the thousands of dollars, due to:

  • Court costs and fines
  • License reinstatement fees
  • Ignition interlock device installation and monitoring
  • Mandatory alcohol and drug education programs

Further, your auto insurance premiums may skyrocket, putting additional strain on the family finances. Further, you could lose your driving privileges, which could put your income at risk.

Strained intimate relationships

Whether a first-time arrest or a recurring problem, your DWI could create tension in your intimate relationships. A conviction can exacerbate existing issues or result in new ones between you and your spouse or partner.

Children can suffer ill effects

Kids are vulnerable to the consequences and aftermath of a parent’s DUI. Older children often feel embarrassed and angry, especially if their peers know what happened. Younger kids may struggle to understand why the family dynamics have suddenly changed.

Immigrants face extra risk

For immigrants, a DUI conviction could cause the effects above, plus jeopardize their visa status or their path to citizenship. Dedicated representation ensures you understand your unique risks and explore potential defense options.

A DUI charge doesn’t have to lead to a conviction. Exploring your options can significantly improve your circumstances if you believe the police violated your rights or mishandled the arrest process. Seek legal guidance to safeguard your rights and review potential defense strategies.