You’re probably well aware that a DUI conviction can result in the loss of your driving privileges in California. What you may not be aware of is that there are other ways a drunk driving conviction can impact your life outside of needing to count on friends and family for rides for six months or longer.
Below is a list of things that you may not expect from a California DUI conviction but which may happen:
Expensive Penalties, Fees and Fines
In addition to losing your driving privileges, a DUI conviction will also subject you to hefty fines and court costs. $75 here, $50 there, and pretty soon, you could be paying more than $1,000 in fines for your very first DUI conviction. Subsequent DUI convictions can be even more expensive, depending on the seriousness of the offense and your previous driving record.
Loss of Employment
Your employer may have certain provisions in their handbook that permits them to terminate your position if you get convicted for any criminal offenses. Since drunk driving can be a felony charge, your employer will have every right under such provisions to fire you. Even if there is no such provision, a DUI will require you to take a lot of time off to meet with your attorney and go to court proceedings. This may also be grounds for getting fired.
Professional License Forfeiture
Many professions have associations that govern their licensing. For examples, attorneys, physicians and other specialists may have their licenses revoked by the governing agency if they are convicted of drunk driving.
Increase in Insurance Premiums
It is common knowledge that a DUI conviction can result in an increase in premiums. However, you may not know that a conviction can also result in an increase in your home and health insurance premiums as well. Most insurance carriers consider a DUI conviction as a risk factor that indicates poor decision-making.
Social and Professional Impact
In addition to everything else, a drunk driving conviction can be embarrassing in front of your friends and family, who may perceive you as irresponsible, amongst other things.
The best advice to avoid the serious consequences of a DUI conviction is to immediately hire an experienced and aggressive Fresno DUI attorney to help you fight these charges. With a good attorney on your side, it is more likely to avoid a conviction.
Call an Experienced Fresno DUI Attorney Today!
If you or someone you know has been issued a drunk driving citation or arrested for drunk driving in Fresno, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced attorney to avoid a conviction on the charges.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Fresno drunk driving attorney Gurjit Srai, please call us at (209) 323-5558 or (559) 314-2796, or complete our online form.