If a Florida police officer flashes lights to pull you over in traffic, your heart might start to beat a little faster. Perhaps you’re worried about getting points on your license for speeding because you’ve already had a ticket or two. If an officer approaches your window and asks you to step out of the car, you can bet that he or she believes suspects you of DUI.
If you’re taken into police custody on suspicion of drunk driving, it not only affects your immediate future but can also have a negative effect in many aspects of your life going forward. If you’re convicted of the criminal charges against you, you can expect your entire life to change in many ways.
Finding a new job might be challenging after a DUI conviction
As a normal part of the hiring process, a prospective employer might run a background check on you. If you’ve been convicted of DUI, it will show up on you record, which may influence an employer’s decision on whether to hire you or pass over your application for the next person in line.
If you were currently employed when you were arrested and charged with drunk driving, you might not still be employed by the time it’s all over. Many people in similar situations have lost their jobs because of having to call off work for court hearings or performing community service hours that were mandated as part of a sentence.
Your personal relationships might suffer strain after DUI charges
It is an awkward and often embarrassing situation to have to call home to a spouse or parent to tell them you’ve been arrested and are being charged with intoxicated driving. Situations like this often place a strain on personal relationships, especially if it’s not your offense.
If you work in a profession where you must be licensed to practice or work with children, such as teaching, coaching or in the medical industry, etc., you might be suspended, which may indirectly cause problems in a marriage or with colleagues or families within your community.
Determining how to mitigate your circumstances
In some cases, being arrested for DUI prompts people to admit that they have a substance abuse problem, which might lead to treatment, especially if a judge orders entrance in a treatment program as part of a sentence. It’s important to note that a person can be charged with DUI and be innocent of the charges. It happens.
Regardless of the details of your particular situation, there are often multiple options available to build a strong defense. Every person facing criminal charges is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense in court.