If you are a college student, it seems as if the world is your oyster, with good times and many potential opportunities awaiting you. But all of that can change if you rack up a conviction for driving under the influence.
There are many negative repercussions that can accompany a DUI conviction. For one thing, they are expensive. Esurance provided estimates to show just how much a single first offense can cost someone — $9,000 was the ballpark figure you could be hit with if you get caught drinking and driving.
If your license is suspended and you can’t drive, that can really crimp your style. Try explaining to a prospective date that he or she will have to always be the one driving. Not a good scene.
Then you have to factor in the costs of skyrocketing insurance rates for the next few years. It’s enough to force you into putting a “For Sale” sign on your wheels and counting chump change for the bus.
But that is not the worst consequence. A DUI can be a permanent barrier to many types of employment opportunities. It’s almost impossible to get into nursing or medical school with a DUI conviction on a record, and if you want to teach, that door may also be closed. Ditto for many types of law enforcement careers, especially on the federal level.
If you are facing DUI charges, all hope is not lost, however. It’s possible to successfully fight the allegations and come out victorious. Especially with aggressive legal representation by your side, a DUI conviction is not a foregone conclusion.
Source: My Bank Tracker, “5 Reasons Why a DUI Can Ruin Your Life,” Gerald Morales, accessed Feb. 19, 2016