Being pulled over by the police is an overwhelming experience for most. If you are arrested for DUI, you may think, “it’s no big deal.” After all, many first-time offenders pay some fines, complete community service and attend an alcohol education program.
However, these are serious charges and come with potentially serious, long-term consequences. Even a first-time offender can experience issues in their life after a DUI conviction that make things harder.
You can lose your driver’s license
It’s possible to lose your driver’s license when convicted of DUI. For example, if you are convicted of DUI for the first time, and no one was injured, there’s a minimum license revocation possibility of 180 days. If you injure someone, the minimum time you can lose your license is three years.
Think about how not having a driver’s license can impact your life. You will have to rely on others, or public transportation, to get where you need to go. This can become frustrating and inconvenient for you and others in your life and make it challenging to keep a job in some situations.
Impact on your job or future employment
If you have a job, a DUI charge can result in you having to take a lot of time off for court dates, community service and even jail time. Many people lose their jobs after a DUI charge, especially if they drive for a living.
When searching for a job, an employer may pass you over for someone without a DUI conviction, even if it has nothing to do with the job you are applying for. In many cases, this will impact your ability to work and earn for the rest of your life.
Protecting your rights when charged with DUI
If you are charged with a Florida DUI, it’s important to work to build a solid defense for your case. Knowing what legal defenses are available can help you with this.