If your spouse has been convicted of a DUI, your family is probably ready to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, putting a DUI in the past is not that simple. The consequences of a DUI can linger far longer than license suspensions and court hearings. A DUI case can cost a person and a family in more ways than just money. Here are five ways that a DUI can affect a person’s life.
- Background checks. After getting a DUI conviction, it stays on a person’s record and can be a red flag for future employers. For employees who are required to drive for work, they may even lose their jobs and not be able to work in that field.
- Reputation. Criminal records are public information, meaning, anyone can go online and find a DUI charge. Even without doing research, gossip can spread and can lead to social issues and a decrease in self confidence for your spouse. A DUI conviction can cause employers and coworkers to look at a person differently. Knowing that others know about quite possibly the worst mistake of a person’s life can cause anxiety and embarrassment for your spouse. Getting convicted of a DUI can also lead to issues with personal relationships.
- Increased expenses. Dealing with a DUI can lead to increased insurance costs. Insurance companies will likely take into account factors that make a driver “high-risk,” including DUIs and other related motor vehicle offenses. Increased auto insurance rates can add up and become costly over time for your family.
- Less opportunity. Applying to schools, certain jobs, and scholarships could be extremely difficult with a DUI conviction. Many schools and programs with limited availability will look to factors such as criminal history when going through applications. Becoming a police officer, detective, pharmacist, doctor, nurse, or lawyer may not be possible with a DUI on one’s record. A DUI conviction may exclude your spouse from an otherwise deserved scholarship.
- Lack of trust. A DUI conviction can lead to a lack of trust from neighbors, friends, family, and other parents. Carpooling and playdates may become difficult for parents with a DUI. Family and friends may be wary to get in the car with someone who has a DUI. Again, this can cause a sense of self-consciousness and embarrassment.
Unfortunately, the consequences of a DUI conviction can be devastating and can have lasting results. Fines, court appearances, and interlock devices all disappear, but a DUI can follow a person around for life.
Luckily, there are things that you can do to minimize the issues that a loved one may experience after a DUI. First, make sure to show them your support. If your spouse needs help getting around because their license has been suspended or revoked, set up a carpool routine. Second, you may consider helping your partner seek a Connecticut pardon. Getting a pardon will erase their criminal history and give them a fresh start. For more information on these options, contact our office.