If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence in Oakland, you have a lot to think about. The DUI arrest is over, and it could take months to resolve your case, but there are still long-term consequences of a conviction, even though you may not be dealing with them today.
As a DUI suspect, you have to look beyond the fines, DUI School, driver’s license suspension, Alcohol Anonymous (AA) classes, and MAAD Victim Impact Panel, because there are other hidden consequences of a DUI conviction that you may not know about.
What are the lesser known consequences of a DUI that you should be aware of? Continue reading to find out what they are.
Hidden Consequences of a CA DUI
Are you in the middle of a divorce and dealing with a child custody battle?
If so, a recent DUI could tip the scales and NOT in your favor. If your child was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, you could be facing child endangerment charges, or if this is your second or subsequent DUI offense, you can be certain that the family court judge will frown upon it.
Are you studying to obtain your nursing license, a law degree, a notary license, or are you pursuing a career in law enforcement?
If so, a recent DUI conviction can impact your career goals for many years, forcing you to make a Plan B. Many professional licensing authorities will deny or revoke a license if the individual is convicted of a crime, including a simple DUI.
Are you a 12th grader or a college student who is looking forward to joining a college sports team or an academic scholarship? Depending on the school, a DUI conviction can mean the school says, “Thanks, but no thanks” because they’d rather give the opportunity to someone else with a spotless record.
A DUI conviction can also impact:
- Your credit score (if you can’t afford to pay the court-ordered fines and other associated costs)
- Your ability to own or possess a firearm (felony DUI)
- Your immigration status (felony DUI or drug-related DUI)
- Your driving record (stays for 10 years)
- Your auto insurance premiums for years to come
- Your job – some employers will fire employees with DUIs
How a DUI conviction affects someone depends on a number of factors, such as their age, their criminal history, their financial resources, and what type of job they have. For example, jobs that involve driving can certainly be affected by a DUI.
If you are facing DUI charges, your best line of defense is to contact the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed. Call today for a free case evaluation – we are on your side!