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Understanding the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Drunk Driving

Facing DUI charges can be overwhelming and scary. You may be worried about the consequences you face.

While fines, losing your driving privileges and jail time are immediate concerns of a DUI conviction, you may not realize that there are long-term consequences that can impact your life in many ways for years and even decades to come.

Points on your license

In Maryland, points are assessed to your license when you are convicted of DUI. You will typically also face a license suspension.

Potential employers and insurance companies will be able to see a DUI during a background check. It may mean you won’t be hired for potential jobs, especially for driving positions. If you apply for insurance, you may be rejected or have extremely high rates, both of which can impact your ability to drive.

Loss of current employment

Do you drive a company vehicle or commercial truck for a living? If so, you may lose your job after a DUI conviction. While every company is unique, most businesses don’t want this type of liability in their company, so they will end your contract in many cases.

Impact on personal relationships

A DUI in Maryland may result in you losing your license for several years (it all depends on the charge and specific situation you are in). If this happens, it means you may not be able to help with your children and take them where they need to go or even drive to work. This can put a lot of stress and strain on any relationship.

Avoiding a DUI conviction

Being charged with DUI in Maryland is serious, even if it is your first offense. Because of this, you need to take steps to reduce your charges or fight back. After all, the long-term consequences can cost you a lot personally, professionally, and financially.