Getting convicted of a DUI can change a person’s life in many ways. It can result in large fines and fees which can throw someone’s finances off. It can result in jail time, which disrupts lives in entirely different ways.
It can also thoroughly alter a person’s life for the weeks, months and years to come. But in what ways?
Trouble finding employment
BACtrack looks at the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction. The first place these consequences tend to manifest is in difficulties finding employment.
First, many fields actually refuse to hire people with a DUI on record, and this is not discriminatory due to the reasons relating to safety and security. Such fields include jobs that work with children, government positions and jobs that require a commercial driver’s license.
Trouble settling into a community
People also tend to hold some amount of hostility toward those convicted of DUI-related crimes. This makes it harder for someone to feel accepted and put down roots within any community they move to in the future.
Housing relates to this, somewhat. Though it is illegal for landlords to discriminate against someone for their criminal record, they may still give preference to an applicant with a clean record if they have limited availability for tenants.
Together, these hurdles can make reintegrating into life much more difficult after a DUI conviction. This is just one of many reasons why it is crucial to handle a DUI charge like the serious matter it is from the start.