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How Can A DWI Impact Your Life?

27 July, 2018

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most common criminal offenses. Many people with otherwise clean records have found themselves in the situation where their lives changed after being convicted for DWI.   DWI convictions have major consequences and can affect one’s entire life. Most of us are aware of the short-term consequences, including temporary driver’s license suspension, fees and fines, high insurance premiums, court-mandated community service, participation in drunk driving education programs, and even jail time.   A DWI conviction can result in your driver’s license being revoked even for a first conviction.  A DWI conviction makes it difficult to get to work or, if your position requires you to drive, may result in the loss of your job. Losing the freedom to drive your own car is also stressful. Without a license, running simple errands, enjoying family visits, and participating in familiar social activates will be challenging. You may also arrive late for work frequently, feel frustrated, and be less attentive when you finally get there. Your job performance may suffer, too.   Having had a DWI gives you a criminal record which can affect your chances on getting another job in the future, especially if that job requires driving. As an employer, you wouldn’t like to take the risk of hiring someone who was previously convicted for DWI.   At the same time if you are a student this can predetermine whether you do or do not enter university or college. On top of that, you may have to pay a higher insurance for few years after your driver’s license was reinstated, as you may be seen as a high-risk driver. The company may cancel your policy or charge you a higher rate to keep your insurance.   In some cases, an ignition interlock device may be attached to the convicted individual’s car. This prevents the person from driving without blowing cleanly into a breathalyzer. You’re unable to drive if the breathalyzer detects alcohol. Also, the cost of the IID—initial and ongoing calibration—is the responsibility of the vehicle owner.   Following a DWI arrest or conviction, you may have to worry about your professional and personal relationships. Your DWI may be publicized by local media and permanently stain your reputation. Co-workers, as well as your employer might lose their trust in you and depending on your company’s policy you might end up losing your job. At the same time your family and friends may start acting differently around you, being more concerned about your health and well-being, which will make you feel embarrassed and uncomfortable.