Getting caught driving drunk is serious business in most states. Some states are more lenient while others are very harsh. – Like Florida for example. Once you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, it’s there for 75 years. You can’t seal the record and you can’t have it expunged. This can impact your life in multiple ways, and for the worst. Also of course, the legal implications of a DUI charge can be a nightmare.
Below are some of the possible penalties you may face for a DUI. Also below are the ramifications of a DUI conviction as it relates to your personal life.
License suspension will vary from state to state and depend on past offenses. – But just for a first offense, if you get convicted of DUI in Florida, you will have your license suspended for 6 months. If you get convicted of drunk driving in Alabama for the first time, you will lose your license for 90 days. – And get this, just your first DUI offense in Georgia you can expect a license suspension of 1 year.
A drunk driving conviction is bad all the way around and paying hefty fines is just another part of the many penalties. You can pay as little as $100 for your first DUI offense in states like Virginia, but in states like Florida you can pay $500 to $1000 for your first offense with these numbers increasing after each offense. Add in the potential loss of employment, attorney’s fees and court costs and your bank account is going to take a beating.
Even if you do get to keep your job, how are you going to get there without a car and without a vehicle? Having your car impounded will be another inconvenience for you and your family. It will also mean having to spend even more money to get to work. That is unless you have a friend that likes you enough to carry you back and forth every single day.
This DUI penalty will give you the opportunity to impress friends and family. No not really, your community service may actually involve you picking up trash on the highway. Not glamorous, not fun, but undoubtedly humbling and a great opportunity for a person to think about their DUI.
You will also probably get another chance to go to school, but not to party down at some cool college. You will have to go to DUI school.
Interlocking Device Installment
In order to earn this penalty, you were either really drunk at the time of your arrest or you have multiple offenses. An interlocking device is placed on your car’s ignition and will not allow you to crank the car unless you are sober.
Yes. It’s true. Getting a DUI may land you on probation. You will have to meet with your new friend, a probation officer, regularly. – And be sure not to miss an appointment.
Nobody wants to end up in jail, but depending on the circumstances of your DUI, you could do jail time. This is definitely one of the worst DUI penalties in my opinion.
Other Issues with Getting a DUI
Not only will you pay fines, lose your license, go to DUI school etc., but a DUI will impact your life in many other ways as well. You will carry around the DUI stigma. You may lose your job. Your car insurance will definitely go up. Your credit may be hurt and depending on the circumstances of your case, you may lose your right to own a firearm.
It goes without saying, it’s always safer and cheaper to simply get a ride after a drink. Stay safe and don’t take a chance with drunk driving! Ever.