If law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be startled but not overly concerned.
You assume you can pay the fine and move on with your life. However, a DUI conviction on your record will cast a cloud on the plans you have for your future.
Employers normally run background checks on their job applicants. Even if you have the qualifications for a position you want, your background will be on view. A recruiter may pass you by in favor of an applicant with a clean driving record.
Perhaps you are planning to get your post-graduate degree. A DUI conviction may make it more difficult for you to attend the school of your choice. It may also disqualify you from receiving the licensing or certification you need for entering certain professions such as medicine, education or law.
With a DUI on your record, your auto insurance company may regard you as a high-risk driver. The insurer could either cancel your policy or issue a new one at much higher rates that would continue for years.
If you are 21 years of age or older and your blood alcohol concentration level is .08% or above, you face a fine of up to $2,500 and the possibility of up to a year behind bars. It is to your advantage to be proactive in fighting the charge. Building a defense strategy includes a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your arrest to uncover any administrative or testing irregularities. You have rights to protect as well as your plans for a future without the complication of a DUI conviction.