There is much more to a drunk driving conviction than fines and possible jail time. The collateral damage may stretch beyond the obvious, and the quality of your life may be affected.
If you are facing operating while intoxicated (OWI) charges, here is what you need to have at the back of your mind.
Your career may be affected
It is a crime to operate a motor vehicle beyond the legal limit, and if you are found guilty, it will show up in your criminal record. A criminal record may block you from landing some employment opportunities when a potential employer conducts a background check on you and a criminal record shows up.
In addition, depending on your profession and the circumstances of your OWI charges, you could lose your practicing license.
A conviction will impact your finances
Your insurance premiums are likely to go up after a conviction.
If you live in the country on a visa or Green Card, being convicted of drunk driving could jeopardize your chances of being a naturalized citizen. The immigration authorities review criminal records when people apply, and a collection of minor convictions could tip the balance against you.
Suppose you have been found guilty of OWI charges while in the middle of a custody battle. In that case, the conviction may sway some of the court’s decisions to determine custody of the children. The judge may question your suitability as a parent since a conviction implies poor decision-making and reckless behavior on your part.
Proper knowledge of navigating such cases, is crucial to ensure an OWI does not ruin your life.