If law enforcement arrests you on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you may think you will pay a fine and be on your way.
Many first offenders do not realize the seriousness of a DWI charge. You will soon discover that a conviction on your record follows you and disrupts your future plans, including the career you have in mind.
Even a first-time DUI conviction carries significant fines and possible jail time. It also comes with the potential loss of driving privileges. This is of major concern because you use your car to go everywhere, especially to school or work. If you cannot drive, how will you pursue your dream job? Fortunately, you can request a hearing with the Department of Public Safety that could help you avoid license suspension, but you only have a small window of time in which to make that request.
If you currently work and drive a company vehicle, your employer could terminate you because of the DWI. If you apply for a new job, the recruiter would likely perform a routine background check. When your DWI conviction shows up in that search, the recruiter may choose another candidate with a clean record. You could see this scenario repeated time and again as you try for that career you have in mind. Landlords also depend on background searches to determine potential tenant character and trustworthiness, as do financial institutions when you apply for a mortgage.
License reinstatement and your car insurance
If the Department of Public Safety suspends your driving privileges, you will have to show proof of automobile insurance to get your license back. The problem here is that your insurance carrier may now see you as a high-risk driver. This means the insurer could either cancel your policy or issue a new policy with much higher rates than you currently pay.
If the police arrest you on suspicion of DWI, explore your legal options promptly. A conviction puts your future on hold in many ways. You need an advocate who understands the stakes and helps you achieve the best outcome possible for your case.