The Short-Term & Long-Term Consequences Of Drinking & Driving

You find yourself in a situation where you caused a car accident because you were driving under the influence of alcohol.

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You survived, you didn’t hurt anyone, but you are facing a DUI charge.

So, you might think you made it through unscathed. You may even be considering yourself lucky. If you haven’t noticed yet, your life just changed permanently… and not in a good way.

If you aren’t in trouble with a DUI yet, hopefully, this will make you rethink your choices the next time you decide to touch alcohol.

Continue reading to learn about the consequences of drinking and driving.

A DUI Seriously Affects Your Life

You see, once you get charged with a DUI, nothing will ever be the same. Some of these changes take place immediately and might not last long. Other consequences might take a while to pop up and they will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Short-term Consequences of Drinking and Driving

Once you’ve been arrested for a DUI charge, you can bet that your life has already changed. This is just the beginning of a long line of consequences.

  • Temporary driver’s license suspension
  • Temporary vehicle confiscation
  • Court fees and fines: lawyers’ fees are an additional cost as well
  • Jail time, house arrest, or probation
  • Court-mandated community service
  • Drunk driving education programs: reeducation may be mandated before you can get your license back
  • Raised insurance premiums: DUIs cause insurance costs to skyrocket
  • Dropped insurance: a DUI is enough of a reason for an auto insurance company to drop your contract without waiting until the renewal period

While these are usually short-lived consequences, they can spill over into the long-term category. Some of these consequences can last for years.

Long-term Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

DUI charges will follow you for the rest of your life. While it is possible to get your criminal record expunged in some cases, it can still show up on your driving record.

  • Wrongful death charges: in the event that someone dies because of your DUI
  • Undermined future opportunities
    • Failed background checks
    • Low employment rate
  • Professional and personal relationships may suffer
  • Scholarship programs will be revoked
  • Driver’s license revocation/vehicle confiscation may last longer than short-term

Getting charged with a DUI can even affect your ability to travel to foreign countries for many years after the fact.

What Can You Do?

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, you need to talk to an attorney immediately. Call Gordon Thompson DUI & Criminal Attorney today for a free consultation!

A DUI charge doesn’t have to ruin your life. The right attorney can help you get your life back on track.

It’s Simple. Don’t Drink and Drive!

Now that you know the consequences of drinking and driving, hopefully you make better choices and drink responsibly. Don’t get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking, even if you feel okay!

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