Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is the one offense that is typically and commonly committed by everyday citizens – people without criminal records. So, unlike someone with a long record of criminal violations, most DUI suspects have more to lose if they are convicted of DUI.
When a convicted criminal is found guilty of DUI, it’s not going to change their life as much as it would for a noncriminal. A felon for example, is already living with the stigma of a criminal record. He or she has probably already done time, and they’re likely on probation or parole.
On the other hand, a noncriminal facing DUI charges probably has a job, a spouse, or an entire family depending on them. It’s the noncriminal who will be hit by a DUI conviction the hardest. They’ll get slapped with a criminal record, and their car insurance premiums will skyrocket.
With the above in mind, here are some of the reasons why you should fight your DUI charges:
- A DUI conviction leads to a criminal record.
- Criminal records are stigmatized in our society.
- A misdemeanor or felony DUI will likely affect your career and housing possibilities.
- A DUI can bar you from scholarships and certain professional licenses.
- A DUI comes up on background checks.
- A DUI stays on your driving record for 10 years.
- A DUI stays on your criminal record indefinitely.
- A DUI conviction means AA meetings and DUI School.
- A DUI can bar you from obtaining security clearance.
- A DUI can affect child custody battles.
- A DUI leads to a suspended license.
- You may be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device.
- A DUI means probation.
- A DUI will affect your car insurance premiums for years.
- A felony DUI can lead to deportation for immigrants.
- A drug-related DUI can lead to deportation for immigrants.
- A DUI can bar you from travelling to Canada.
Still not convinced you should fight your DUI charges? We suggest you contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to meet with our board-certified DUI defense specialist, Attorney Landry for free!
We’d be glad to answer all of your questions and inform you of the full consequences of a DUI conviction in Orange County – call today!