There are many Connecticut DUI consequences for those convicted that extend beyond the criminal penalties. While criminal penalties such as jail time and fines may be your biggest concerns, there are other consequences that you might face which can make your life harder and disrupt your professional and personal life. In this section, you can learn more about these consequences and how to avoid them.
How Will a DUI Impact Your Life?
As mentioned above, a jail sentence is a possibility for those convicted of DUI, especially those convicted of a second, third, or subsequent DUI. This type of penalty is likely the biggest one that you face and the one that gives you the most concern. Check out this page in this section that explains potential jail penalties that you could face for a first, second, third, or subsequent DUI conviction. You can also learn how to avoid this penalty through the use of a diversion program or in some other way.
While avoiding a jail sentence may be your priority after a DUI conviction, there are other consequences that you may face. For example, when you are charged with a DUI, the DMV will impose a driver’s license suspension on you. This license suspension can be contested, but it can be difficult to win a DMV per se hearing and keep your license. Losing your driver’s license for any period of time can create problems in your life. It can become difficult to get to school or work. If you drive for your job, you may even lose your job as a result of the license suspension.
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Your job may be in jeopardy in other situations, even if your driver’s license is not suspended. This may be the case if your company has a policy against getting arrested or convicted for a crime. In addition, a DUI conviction can mean the suspension or revocation of a professional license such as a medical license, a teaching license, etc. A DUI conviction could also alter your security clearances, and this could result in a lost job as well.
Finally, a DUI can have an impact on your student status. If you are in high school, your school may impose a suspension on you or even expel you from school. If you are in college, you may be placed on academic probation, you may lose your scholarship, or you may be expelled from school. All of these consequences can be severe and can impact your future.
For more information on any of the topics mentioned above, check out other pages in this section. If you have been charged with a DUI in Connecticut, it is best to have legal representation prepare a defense for you. Avoiding a conviction can mitigate the consequences mentioned on this page. If avoiding a conviction is not possible, a DUI defense lawyer can fight for leniency in your case. For more information, contact our office to speak with a lawyer and get the help that you need.