If you’ve been convicted of a DUI, the months after your DUI process were probably stressful and difficult. As you recover from the conviction, you are probably trying to get many things in order. You need to find a way to pay the fines asked of you by the court. In addition, you have to deal with the license suspension that you face. Finding other ways to get around during the suspension will be an inconvenience to say the least. And getting your license back at the end of the suspension is another long and expensive process. You also have to deal with any other penalties imposed on you, which could include jail time, rehabilitation, community service, and more.
In the year after your conviction, you will deal with all of these things. When they are over, you will probably feel relieved and ready to move on with your life. Unfortunately, your DUI will have longer lasting consequences that you will continue to deal with. For more information regarding these long term consequences, read on.
Long Term Consequences
Background checks are one issue that you will have if you faced a DUI conviction. Most employers run a background check on potential employees. Seeing a DUI conviction will make some employers hesitant to hire you, or it could disqualify you from a job altogether. Some professions that you might have a difficult time working in if you have a DUI conviction include:
- Jobs that require you to drive, such as bus driver or truck driver.
- Military jobs.
- Jobs in the medical profession.
- Jobs in the teaching profession.
- Working for law enforcement.
- Jobs in government agencies.
Increased auto insurance rates are also common for those who have been convicted of a DUI. This means that for years to come, you will pay more expensive premiums for your car insurance than the average person.
Acceptance into certain schools could also be jeopardized. Much like employers, some schools will run a background check on potential students. This could also affect your ability to get scholarships, certificates, and more.
Your current job might be affected as well. A conviction could put your job in jeopardy. This is especially the case if you have to drive as part of your job. If your license has been suspended or your driving is restricted, it could affect your ability to work.
As you can see, there are many potential issues that a DUI conviction can bring into your life. Many of these issues will last long after your conviction. One way to reduce these consequences is by applying for a pardon. A pardon in Connecticut will erase your criminal conviction and help you move on from this experience. For more information, check the blog next week. I’ll have an article up about applying for a pardon. If you’d like to discuss a pardon as soon as possible, contact my office.