4 Consequences of a DWI

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.


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.