If you have been charged with or convicted of a DUI, you know that there are consequences that you may endure such as multiple fines, a short stay in jail, and even a suspended driver's license. Hopefully you will hire a Florida DUI defense attorney who can help you through the arduous process. However, what happens if you receive several DUIs? What are the long-term ramifications?
Obtaining a Job
Suppose you are looking to obtain a new job with great benefits and an increased salary. Your employer may run a background check and find out that you have multiple DUIs. They may be less inclined to give this lucrative job to you because you are seen as a potential liability. DUIs can also affect your certifications and can even make you ineligible for certain career paths, such as a truck driver or a health care professional.
Increased Insurance Rates
After even one DUI, your insurance rates may go up for an extended period of time. However, if someone receives multiple DUIs, then he or she may have exorbitantly high insurance rates or may even be dropped by the insurance company. Many people who have several DUIs must rely on rides from friends and public transportation to get around, which can be an inconvenience.
The Courts Can Convict You of a Felony
Although one DUI will only result in a misdemeanor charge, several DUIs can force a judge or jury to contemplate a felony DUI charge. If you are convicted of a felony charge, this can affect all aspects of your life. For example, you may not be able to own a firearm or you may not be eligible to vote. Also, you may have to spend an extended period of time in prison, also affecting your life.
A Strained Relationship with Family and Friends
Most people who are convicted of multiple DUIs also state that their actions can affect their relationships with family and friends. You may have to rely on family members to provide you with enough money to pay the fines and fees. The family also has to endure the stigma of having a potential felon in the family. Ultimately, if you plan to drink, do not drive a car and find other modes of transportation.
If you have receive one or several DUI's, then make sure to hire a Florida DUI defense attorney. If you are facing serious charges, our professionals at Musca Law can help you through the process.
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