A first-time DUI can have more serious consequences than you may think. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol often results in strict enforcement of penalties, regardless of your previous record. This may mean that a driver who is charged with a DUI will face several potential setbacks related to personal or professional relationships.
Loss of Employment
A DUI may result in a driver losing his or her job. This is especially true if the role requires a valid and active driving license. This penalty can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. With no job to pay the bills, you may end up struggling to keep up with defaults, interest and other penalties.
A secondary issue to losing a job is the potential of having to relinquish ownership of property. Home foreclosure and vehicle repossession are two common examples of forfeit of assets due to missed payments. In some cases, a person convicted of a DUI may need to file for bankruptcy in order to save the family home.
Relationship & Family Problems
There are countless ways in which a DUI conviction may affect personal and familial relationships. If a parent is unable to drive due to a suspended license, visiting children or sharing custody can become difficult. This may also lead to an ex-partner or spouse requesting changes to a prior custody agreement.
You could spend up to a year in jail if convicted of a DUI in Georgia. Having a criminal record can affect future earning or educational opportunities. Even a minimum sentence of 10 days spent in jail is often enough to put off employers. Staying out of jail is therefore a recommended legal strategy to mitigate the impact of a DUI conviction.
If you would like advice and representation in a DUI case, call the offices of M. Qader A. Baig today. Mr. Baig understands the complexities of DUI laws in Georgia and will fight to achieve the best outcome in your favor.