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A DUI conviction has serious repercussions for your future

You may see nothing wrong with driving home after having a couple of drinks with friends to celebrate an upcoming interview for a long-hoped-for job opportunity.

However, if you drive erratically and law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, your future may not look as rosy as it did earlier in the evening.

Looking at penalties

If your conviction for DUI is a first offense, the penalties you may face include a fine of from $500 to $1,000 and possible jail time of six months. You also face the suspension of your driving privileges for 180 days minimum. Depending on your blood alcohol level at the time of your arrest, reinstatement of your driver’s license may include the installation of an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you operate.

Facing unexpected problems

The first casualty of a conviction for DUI may be that long-awaited job opportunity. First, you will have to find a way to get to the interview due to the license suspension. If you do get there, the recruiter will probably perform a routine background check. Because of the DUI mark on your record, the recruiter may select a candidate with a clean record for the position you coveted.

In addition to employers, banks and landlords also run background checks on applicants as a matter of course. Because of that DUI conviction, you may find it difficult to rent or purchase a home or find another company that will overlook that blemish on your record.

Seeking help

Because a conviction for DUI may follow you and adversely impact your future, if law enforcement arrests you for driving under the influence of alcohol, explore your legal options without delay. Your rights must be protected, and you want the best outcome possible for your case. That enjoyable get-together with friends may seem just a dim memory after the DUI puts your future at stake.

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