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The Effects of a DUI Conviction

Many people know someone who has faced charges of driving under the influence (DUI), and many people do not consider this to be a very serious offense. However, a DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects that can be costly and stressful for years after your case concludes. After a DUI arrest, always discuss how an Indiana DUI defense attorney can help you fight against a conviction whenever possible. 

Court-Imposed Penalties

Upon a criminal conviction, the judge can order a sentence that is within the confines of Indiana law. Sentences can vary widely from case to case depending on many factors, and they may include fines, driver’s license suspension, probation, or even time in jail. For a first-time DUI charge, the penalties can include fines up to $500, 60 days in jail, and the temporary loss of your license. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was high or you engaged in dangerous driving, the fines could be as high as $5,000, and you could spend up to one year in jail. For many people, the loss of a license is highly inconvenient, as they might rely on their ability to drive to get to work, school, and other obligations. 

Additional Impact on Your Life

Once you pay your fines and serve your jail sentence or finish probation, you may think you can put your DUI behind you. Unfortunately, many people feel the effects of their convictions for years after they complete their sentences. Some negative effects can include the following:

  • Losing your jobIf you need to drive for work and you lose your license, you could possibly lose your job altogether. You also might get terminated if you have to go to jail and miss work for any period of time. Some employers will also not retain employees with any type of criminal record. If you lose your commercial driver’s license, you might lose your ability to work as a driver for the foreseeable future.
  • Difficulty finding a new jobWhen you apply for a new job, the company might perform a background check. If you have a DUI conviction, you might not get hired for a position, especially if it involves driving. Some people may be denied a professional license after a DUI conviction, which is common after multiple offenses or egregious driving behaviors. 
  • Increased costsFines are not the only financial losses you face for a DUI. You will need to pay to have your license reinstated, and you may be responsible for the costs associated with an ignition interlock device. Your car insurance premiums will certainly increase – often, for years after your conviction.

A DUI conviction can result in lost income, higher costs, and other consequences in addition to jail time and fines imposed by the court. 

Contact an Indiana DUI Defense Lawyer for Help Today

At Arshad, Pangere & Warring, we defend clients against DUI charges in Northwest Indiana. If you have been arrested for DUI, you should have an attorney protecting your rights and helping you avoid a conviction. Contact us today for more information. 

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