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What are the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction?

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2022 | CRIMINAL LAW - Drunk Driving

If authorities charge you with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in Maryland, you may be focused on the immediate consequences of your actions. After all, dealing with the fines and losing your license (in some cases) can be frustrating and difficult. 

However, after being convicted of DUI, the consequences go beyond the immediate penalties imposed. The long-term impact of DUI charges can affect almost all aspects of your life, including:

Employment opportunities

A DUI conviction can impact your current job and future job opportunities. For example, if you drive as part of your employment, you may lose your job after a DUI conviction. 

Additionally, you will likely be excluded from consideration for future driving positions. Also, DUI charges will appear on background checks. For felony convictions, you may not be considered for some job positions. 

Auto insurance rates

Your insurance rates will likely increase if you are convicted of a DUI. In many cases, the increase is significant. After this conviction, you are classified as a high-risk driver by insurance companies. Your rates may double or even triple for several years after the conviction. 

Personal relationships

A DUI conviction can also impact your relationships with your family and friends. You may feel embarrassed about the charge, and people you know may become concerned about your health and well-being. All this can lead to strained relationships. 

As you can see, the impact of a DUI conviction goes beyond the initial penalties you face. Because of how this can impact your life now and in the future, it’s important to know your legal rights and take steps to build a strong defense against the charges you are facing.