If you are cited for DUI, you could spend time in jail or have your vehicle impounded before you even get a chance to face a judge. In the event that you are convicted of drunk driving, you may pay a fine or temporarily lose your drivers license. Penalties for a DUI conviction may be enhanced if you have been convicted of this crime in the past.
A Charge Could Be Upgraded From a Misdemeanor to a Felony
In some cases, the fact that you have been convicted of DUI in the past could be seen as an aggravating factor in your current case. Therefore, you may be charged with felony or aggravated DUI as opposed to a misdemeanor. This could result in a longer jail or prison sentence, a larger fine or a license revocation instead of a license suspension.
You May Have to Use an Ignition Interlock Device
An ignition interlock device (IID) is designed to prevent the car from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath. Typically, you will be required to blow into it prior to starting the engine and at regular intervals while the car is being driven. You are generally responsible for buying the device as well as paying installation and maintenance fees. Your DUI lawyer may talk more about IID requirements in the state where you were convicted.
Your Auto Insurance Rates Will Go Up
You will likely be required to purchase an SR-22 policy, which tends to be more expensive than a traditional auto insurance policy. If you are still eligible for traditional coverage, you will likely see your rates go up after a DUI conviction. Your auto insurance rates may also go up if you were cited for other infractions at the time that you were stopped for suspicion of drunk driving.
It May Be Harder to Find a Job
Losing your driver’s license may make it difficult to find a job because you’ll typically need access to reliable transportation to get to work on time. In some cases, the lack of a clean license will disqualify you from a position even if someone were available to drive you to work each day.
Driving while impaired can put yourself and others at a higher risk of being hurt or killed. It can also put you at a higher risk of losing your driver’s license and your professional future. Therefore, if you plan on consuming alcohol, it is a good idea to get a sober driver to take you home.