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A Look at How a First-Time DUI Can Affect Your Life

Seeing the red and blue lights of a police car in your rearview mirror can be the beginning of a very long and uncomfortable situation if police arrest you for drinking and driving.

Unfortunately, some people have a tendency to misinterpret or downplay the impact a first-time DUI can have on a person's life. They think that they will just have to pay a fine, go to court and move on. But the truth is that a first-time DUI can take a toll on nearly every aspect of your life.

The social toll of a DUI

Having a drunk driving offense on your record can be embarrassing, and you may not know how to explain to friends and family that you spent time in jail and/or were convicted of a crime. You can find yourself depending on friends for rides, which can be uncomfortable, and certain relationships may end or become strained after a DUI arrest.

The financial toll of a DUI

There are court costs, penalties, fines and other expenses associated with a DUI in Pennsylvania. Your insurance rates will increase as well, and you can be financially responsible for installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

The professional toll of a DUI

If your job involves any sort of driving, you could ultimately lose your job if your driver's license is suspended as a result of a DUI. Further, your job could suffer if you need to take time off work to attend court hearings. Remember, too, that background checks can reveal this offense and jeopardize employment opportunities.

The legal toll of a DUI

A DUI conviction stays on your record, and it may be there forever. This can mean escalated charges for repeat offenses and a criminal history that follows you for the rest of your life.

Don't let a DUI destroy your life

To minimize the impact of a first-time DUI, it is critical that you defend yourself against drunk driving charges to reduce penalties and avoid conviction. If you can do this successfully, you can keep a DUI from destroying the social, financial, professional and/or legal aspects of your life. Contacting an attorney with experience successfully defending against DUI charges is an important first step in taking control of your future.

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