It’s no secret that driving under the influence is a serious offense in Illinois. But most people don’t realize the far-reaching consequences a DUI conviction can have on their lives. Here are three ways a DUI conviction can affect your life.
3 Ways a DUI Conviction Will Affect Your Life
These are the three biggest ways that DUI convictions affect most people’s lives:
- You lose your driving privileges.
- You may lose your job.
- You could spend time in jail or prison.
Here’s a closer look at each – and the biggest takeaway here is that working with an attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Long-Term Effect #1 of a DUI Conviction: You Lose Your Driving Privileges
If you’re convicted of DUI, your driver’s license will be suspended. The length of the suspension depends on various factors, including whether you have any prior DUI convictions and whether anyone was injured as a result of your drunk driving. However, even a first-time DUI conviction can result in a license suspension.
During your suspension, you will not be allowed to drive for any reason. This can make it difficult to get to work, run errands, or even take your kids to school. You may have to rely on friends, family, or public transportation to get around.
Related: Your guide to pleading “not guilty” to DUI in Illinois
Long-Term Effect #2 of a DUI Conviction: You May Lose Your Job
Many employers require their employees to have a valid driver’s license. If your job involves driving, such as delivering goods or driving a company vehicle, you will likely lose your job if your license is suspended. You’ll also lose your CDL if you’re convicted of drunk driving in Illinois.
And even if your job doesn’t require a driver’s license, you still have to get to work. If you can’t, you’ll be out of a job.
Long-Term Effect #3 of a DUI Conviction: You Could Spend Time in Jail or Prison
Depending on the circumstances, a DUI conviction can result in time behind bars. You can even go to jail for a first-time DUI conviction – and the penalties only get harsher after that.
Related: Can you be fired over a criminal conviction in Illinois?
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