Many people focus on the immediate consequences of a drunk driving conviction. These include things like the possibility of time in jail, the loss of your driver’s license and having to pay fines. You might not realize that the consequences can go far beyond those areas.
Criminal convictions come with collateral consequences that don’t directly come from the sentence of the crime. There are many that you could face when it comes to a drunk driving conviction. While you might not be able to do away with these, you can sometimes minimize them by carefully planning your defense.
The perils of driving
You already know that a suspended driver’s license comes with a drunk driving conviction, but you need to think beyond that. What is going to happen when you can legally drive again? You are going to have to find an insurance company that will write you a policy. This is possible, but it could be costly to keep up with the premiums.
On top of the cost of insurance, you might find out that you will need to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. This is another expense.
Impacts on life essentials
There are many ways that a criminal conviction of any sort can impact your life’s essentials. Employers may refuse to hire you because of the conviction. This can impact your ability to support yourself. You may find it almost impossible to secure a job that requires you to drive, such as delivering things or even driving for a ride sharing company.
You may also face challenges with finding housing. Public housing options, including payment assistance programs, might not be able to work with you. Some landlords will do background checks, so those may be out of the realm of possibilities.
Running errands and going out with your friends can be difficult, especially if you have to rely on public transportation or friends coming to get you. Many social activities require you to have money to pay for cover charges or other expenses. With the tight finances that come with having to pay fines and higher driving related costs after the conviction, you may not be able to be as socially active as you once were. Plus, some people might shun you simply because you have a criminal record.