While most people understand that DUIs or DWIs have hard, tangible consequences (in the form of fines and sentences) attached to them, many do not fully consider the intangible—yet detrimental–consequences such convictions can have on other aspects of their lives. For instance, should news of your conviction reach members of your community, how might you cope with the day to day stress of explaining your behavior? Furthermore, how might you cope with the stigma you receive if the conviction occurred while you were currently involved in your children’s and friends’ children’s extra-curricular activities (i.e., carpooling)? Finally, what if you had your license revoked or received a probation sentence as a result of your conviction, and as such, you couldn’t visit loved ones in another part of the country—what might they think?
Unfortunately, a DUI conviction can carry with it a strong stigma among members within your community—not exactly a financial stress, but stress nonetheless. Also, unless you have the ability to get your record expunged by paying close attention to your state’s specific laws, then the DUI can remain on your record for the rest of your life—something you may have to explain multiple times and in multiple venues. For instance, while a conviction won’t appear on your credit report, you can expect this misdemeanor to appear on a criminal background check—which can have serious consequences for you if you’re looking for employment in the transportation industry. How might you explain that during an interview, and should you lose the job-opportunity, would you be comfortable explaining to your family the reason a potential employer turned you down?
Possible consequences of a first-time DUI or DWI conviction in Colorado:
- -fines anywhere from $300.00 to $1,500.00
- -prison sentence anywhere from 5 days to 1 year
- -mandatory attendance at Alcohol Education classes (24 hours over 12 weeks – average cost of $525.00)
- -90 day to 1 year license-suspension (suspension occurs automatically if request for hearing with DMV doesn’t occur within seven days)
- -60 to 120 hours of community service
- -unsupervised probation for up to 2 years
- -30% increase in insurance rates or potentially dropped from insurance plan altogether
A DUI arrest has the potential to turn into a stressful ordeal that can seriously impact many aspects of your life—and not simply the financial aspect. Should law enforcement arrest you or someone you know for driving under-the-influence, you should contact a DUI criminal defense attorney immediately. Not doing so could result in you losing your money, your time, and your reputation.