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3 impacts a DWI conviction could have on your life

Finding yourself in an unexpected and unpleasant situation can give rise to some difficult decision-making. For example, if you're charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, you probably find yourself wondering whether your life will ever be the same.

Unfortunately, a DWI arrest can have many long-term consequences, especially if you're convicted. But before you start dwelling on the worst-case scenarios, remember that you do have the right to defensd against the charge. Here are some good reasons to work with a lawyer who can mount the strongest possible defense on your behalf.

Insurance problems

A DWI conviction can affect your insurance coverage. Many insurance companies consider drivers convicted of DWI to be "high risk," and as a result, your insurance rates could increase significantly due to a mark on your driving record. In more extreme cases, insurance carriers may terminate your coverage altogether.

Suspension of your driver's license

It's an extremely inconvenient outcome: getting your driver's license suspended or revoked. This punishment could even threaten your livelihood if you need a vehicle to get to and from work -- not to mention the ability to take care of day-to-day tasks like going to the grocery store or picking up the kids from school. As soon as you can, talk to an experienced DWI defense lawyer about steps you can take to protect your driver's license. This is a time-sensitive issue, so act quickly.

Impact on employment

As mentioned, losing your license as a result of a DWI conviction could also result in the loss of your job. However, even if you don't need to drive to get to work, a drunk driving charge could still impact your current and future employment. Because you will need to make court appearances and possibly deal with jail time, community service hours or other mandatory consequences, your work schedule could be seriously affected.

Additionally, if you search for a new job, employers may be more hesitant to hire you with a DWI on your record, particularly if it's a felony DWI or if you're applying for a job that requires you to drive while on duty.

Avoiding negative consequences

The reality is that not everyone charged with drunk driving is guilty, and sometimes police officers and toxicology lab technicians make mistakes. If there is an error in processing your blood-alcohol test, or if a police officer violated your rights, you need to know your options for having the charge reduced or dismissed altogether. It's a criminal defense attorney's job to look into these matters and build the strongest possible case on your behalf.

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