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Doing Things Differently After a DUI

Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can give anyone a good scare. No one likes being handcuffed, driven down to the station for booking, and having their driver’s license suspended – and that’s only the beginning!

DUI convictions in Southern California often mean DUI school, fines, license suspension, jail, community service, probation, AA meetings, attending a MADD victim impact panel, and sometimes the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID).

Lesser Known Consequences of a DUI

Beyond the misdemeanor or felony conviction, and in the case of a DUI accident, a hefty bill from the California Highway Patrol, a DUI can have other consequences as well. What do we mean?

Here are some other ways a DUI can come back to haunt you:

  • In the middle of a child custody battle? Your ex and the judge can use the DUI against you.
  • If you’re applying to college, failing to disclose your DUI can lead to being kicked out.
  • Do you work in medicine or education? A DUI can be bad for your career.
  • A DUI can cause certain licensing boards to refuse to issue a license.
  • Some employers won’t hire someone with a recent DUI period.
  • Your auto insurance will skyrocket.
  • A DUI stays on your driving record for 10 years.
  • If you can’t afford it, your credit can take a hit.

Rethinking Your Driving Behaviors

Did you know that a huge percentage of people arrested for DUI have already driven drunk many times before? It’s just the first time they were ever caught.

Whether or not you drove drunk before your DUI, you certainly don’t want to make the same mistake twice. We say this because for some people, old habits die hard, but they can be broken.

Even if you have “functional tolerance,” and you can hold your liquor, you don’t want to risk getting another DUI. When you’re drinking, remember these alternatives to driving:

  • Have a designated driver
  • If you’re at a friend’s, consider spending the night
  • Walk home or take a bus
  • Ask a sober person to drive you home
  • Call Uber, Lyft, or a cab

With ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft these days, drinking responsibly is easier than ever before. Even if you have driven under the influence dozens of times before your DUI, you don’t want to take a chance putting yourself and others at risk, nor do you want to risk another DUI.

If you are facing DUI charges, your situation is not hopeless. The best way to fight your charges is to contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to speak with an Orange County DUI attorney who is a Board Certified expert in DUI defense!

We are members of the National College for DUI Defense – call now for a FREE case evaluation!