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Unintended Ramifications Of A DUI Conviction

What are the effects of a drunk-driving conviction? Ask many people this question and the answers you get are likely to revolve around fines, increase in cost of insurance and suspension of driving licenses. However, those are only the basic consequences; other unintended and far-reaching ramifications include:

Difficulties in Traveling Outside the Country

You may have a DUI conviction this year, pay the fines and forget about it. However, you shouldn't be surprised a few months down the line when you are denied entry into another country. You don't have to go far for a suitable example; the Canadian authorities will deny you entry into the country if you have multiple DUI convictions or a single DWI conviction and another misdemeanor.

Installation of Ignition Interlock System

Another possible consequence is that you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. Once you have the device installed, then you must breathe into it and let it analyze your alcohol level. It will only allow the car to start if your alcohol level is below the required minimum in your state.

The ignition interlock installation is a requirement for DUI convicts in some states while other states leave it up to the judge. Apart from the installation and monthly maintenance costs (about $100 and $50-$100 respectively), the device can also interfere with your work. Imagine if you got into your car with a client and the car refuses to start due to the ignition interlock, your image and reputation would surely take a beating.

Employment Complications

A DUI conviction can also put your job in jeopardy. This consequence doesn't just apply to drivers or those who rely on company cars to perform their work duties; it also applies to other forms of employment. For example, some states require certain professionals (such as school teachers) to undergo security checks for them to continue working. If you are such a professional, and you have a DUI conviction, then you may be suspended for some time as you undergo a review.

The best way to avoid a DWI conviction is to avoid drinking and driving. If, for one reason or another, you have been charged with the offense, then you shouldn't assume that it will automatically lead to a conviction. With a good lawyer like one from Morales & Navarrete Attorneys at Law, you may be able to get the case thrown out (if there are reasonable grounds for that, for example, if the evidence was obtained illegally). Even if you do get convicted, you may get a reduced sentence.