A DWI can have an extensive and profound impact on your life and the lives of other people around you. Below are four significant ways in which a DWI can affect your life -- in both the short and the long term.
1. Immediate Effects of a DWI
The more immediate effects of being charged and convicted of a DWI are somewhat apparent, but bear mentioning for those individuals who may have yet to face this type of charge. The sanctions for a DWI conviction in most states are progressive. What this means is that after being charged with a DWI one time, the penalties associated with a conviction become far more serious if convicted again.
If you are convicted of a DWI, you may face jail time, particularly after having one prior conviction. Fines can be hefty, even on a first time DWI. You will likely lose your driver's license for a period of time, a period that increases with each successive conviction.
2. Employment/Education Related Fallout
The impact of driving while intoxicated on your employment is far from the only issue you may face. The reality is, you may be putting your professional reputation at risk. Whether it be at your current position on a job hunt, you may have to disclose a DWI conviction, depending on the employer. This could greatly limit your employment opportunities.
3. Civil Lawsuit
Injuring someone else is also a very real consequence of many DWI charges and convictions. In such a situation, you may not only face the probability of criminal charges, but the very real possibility of facing a skilled personal injury lawyer Washington DC trusts in a civil proceeding against you as well.
Although criminal prosecution for DWI can be a hard experience in many ways, you cannot minimize how challenging and life altering a civil suit is when someone else is injured because of your conduct while driving
4. Automobile Insurance
Following a DWI charge and conviction, you may see your automobile insurance cancelled. You definitely will see an increase in rate. If your insurance is cancelled, you very well may have a challenging time finding replacement coverage. A new policy will come with higher premiums, likely significantly so.
If you have been charged with a DWI, please reach out to a skilled attorney today.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their added insight into the potential consequences of a DWI.