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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense with dire consequences. Depending on the severity of the offense, a DUI conviction can result in the suspension of your driver’s license, a fine or even jail time. However, these are only the direct consequences of a DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction may also carry a number of collateral consequences. Besides paying your dues to the government, you may have to contend with the following long-term consequences of a DUI conviction.
A DUI conviction can hurt your career in a number of ways. First, a conviction can hurt your prospects of getting college admission or student financing. And if you are on a scholarship, a DUI conviction can prompt the revocation of your scholarship.
Second, a DUI conviction on your record might pop up during the recruitment process when a prospective employer is running a background check on you. As you can imagine, having a criminal record is likely to hurt your chances of landing that dream job.
In North Carolina, you lose your right to vote while you are on probation or incarcerated for a criminal conviction. Meaning, if elections come around while you are in jail, then you may not participate in the electoral process. And that is not all. You cannot own a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony in North Carolina. If you are caught in possession of one, you will face possession of a firearm by a felon charge, which felony in itself.
Information pertaining to your arrest, charge and conviction will remain in the public domain regardless of a conviction or an acquittal. Of course, an expunction will remove your arrest record from the government’s database. However, do keep in mind that the internet never forgets.
A DUI conviction can impact your life in a number of ways. If you are arrested for DUI, it is important that you take appropriate steps to defend yourself.