How a DUI Affects Your Life. A DUI can be a life changing event that makes you take stock in your behavior and choices you make in the future.
A DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while impaired) arrest and conviction will haunt that driver for the rest of their life. If the drunk driver causes an accident that injures himself or kills another driver, the consequences will be devastating.
How a DUI Affects Your Life
One of the most important affects a DUI or DWI can have on an individual is the social embarrassment that comes along with the arrest. Friends and family will find out and pass immediate judgment on that person’s character. Usually embarrassment will prevent further risky behavior that could lead to a second DUI or DWI arrest.
How a DUI affects your life – accidents / death
If the DUI or DWI arrest leads to an accident that injures or kills another, the local media will typically pick up on the story and the drunk driver will have to deal with the public admonishment for his actions. Family member will always remember your actions and that may cause friction among the household for your DUI or DWI arrest. In addition, children of the drunk driver will often feel unsafe or harbor sentiments of hatred for their parent who committed the offense.
How a DUI affects your life – Housing
DUI or DWI arrests can affect your ability to obtain housing in the form of rental property. Landlords are savvy enough to run a simple background check on potential renters. In Maryland, a check of the Maryland Judiciary Case Search can reveal the arrest and outcome of the court proceedings. In addition, landlords will ask potential renters if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime or traffic offense. If you don’t tell the landlord at the outset, then they could use that omission on the application as grounds for terminating your lease at a future date.
How a DUI affects your life – Employment
One of the most unending affects can be your current or future employment opportunities. If driving a company vehicle is required, then most employers will not allow employees with a DUI or DWI conviction to operate their vehicles. Employers must maintain insurance on their company vehicles and most insurance companies will not allow an employer to permit an employee that has a DUI or DWI conviction to drive a company vehicle. Most employers see drunk driving convictions as an indicator that the potential employee is a risk and may hire the next person in line, even if the drunk driver is the best hire.
How a DUI affects your life – license restrictions.
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will suspend a drunk driver’s license for a refusal to submit to the breath or blood test or for a blood alcohol test result of .08 or higher.
How a DUI affects your life – jail and fines.
When an alleged drunk driver appears in Court, that driver could face criminal penalties of up to one year in jail and a penalty of up to $1,000.00 for a first time DUI arrest
If you’ve been arrested or charged with DUI or DWI, contact attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at 410.288.2900 for more information.