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5 Hidden costs of a DUI

Most people who choose to drive after drinking have the feeling that they might not be quite sober enough to have full control of their actions behind the wheel. Yet, alcohol tends to reduce our ability to assess risks.

Before you go out for drinks, it’s important to have a firm understanding of what you’ll put at risk if you choose to drive drunk later on.

The effect of a DUI can have on your future

If you have received a DUI conviction for the first time, your immediate instinct may be to pay the fines and accept all the penalties as quickly as you can. A DUI arrest can be embarrassing and stressful, your main goal may be putting the whole incident behind you. Unfortunately, when it comes to a DUI arrest, the process of dealing with its ramifications can go on quite some time.

Following your DUI, you may have to spend time in jail and even attend DUI classes. But these are just short-term consequences you will have to face. Even for a first-time DUI misdemeanor conviction, here are things you may encounter because of your DUI.

Do you have to tell your boss about a DUI?

You probably know that getting arrested for a DUI affects your life in many ways. There are various, serious consequences for drinking under the influence and unfortunately, these are not only legal consequences. Getting a DUI can spill over and affect your personal and professional life, too.

One part you might not have considered is how it could affect your work. A DUI will show up on your record if a potential employer runs a background check, but can it affect your current job, too? Should you tell your employer if you get arrested for a DUI?

Drug convictions on your record may affect more than employment

Many individuals know that a potential employer can obtain access to your criminal record through a background check before hiring you. These employers simply want to ensure that a possible employee has a record that would indicate their honest intention of applying for a job, and it also works as a character reference when looking at past drug convictions.

Yet many individuals do not know that in Georgia, other entities aside from potential employers can gain access to your criminal background history. It is essential to contact an attorney immediately upon receiving an alleged drug charge, as your future could prove affected by more than missing out on a job opportunity.

What mouth products can affect the breathalyzer test?

Alcohol can appear in everyday products you use to get yourself ready in the morning or to prepare for a night out. You certainly will not feel drunk while using them, but in front of the police, they can make you look drunk.

There are many ways a breathalyzer test can go wrong and make you look like you are over the legal alcohol limit. Even if the police keep the device clean, they may not account for what has been in your mouth for the last hour and will arrest you for thinking you were driving while intoxicated. Before you head out into the streets of Valdosta, it is important to know what products could have negative effects on a breathalyzer that make you look guilty.

Refusing the breathalyzer in Georgia

During your drive home late at night in Valdosta, you find yourself pulled over by the cops. They inform you that they suspect you of driving under the influence (DUI). After a bit, they will likely ask you to take a breathalyzer test to confirm your blood alcohol content (BAC), which determines if you are driving above the legal limit.

If the test determines your BAC to be too high, you could be facing numerous consequences in your personal and professional life. Once the prosecution gets those numbers, they have ammo for their argument from something that may not be completely accurate. You have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test in Georgia to potentially avoid penalties that damage your career, but you should know the extent of your ability to avoid the test and what can happen as a result.

DUI sentences for repeat offenders

In Georgia, you may be charged with a DUI if an officer has determined you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs through a field sobriety test or a chemical (blood or breath) test.

The state’s "implied consent" law imposes penalties for drivers who refuse to submit to testing when an officer has reasonable suspicion that the driver is under the influence.

College students: lifelong consequences from drug convictions

Drug convictions change the course of your life forever. Upon entering college and being out of the parent’s home, many experiment with drugs and alcohol for the first time. One of many devastating impacts resulting from a drug conviction is losing eligibility for student financial aid and scholarships. 

If you are attending college and receive federal student aid, a drug conviction renders you ineligible for loans, Pell grants and work study. Even worse, you may have to pay back financial aid you received. However, reinstatement is possible following successful completion of a drug treatment program.

Can I continue driving after a DUI charge?

Driving is a part of your everyday life. You drive to campus, work and to the grocery store. The other night, you decided to drive to meet friends. The night was fun and relaxing. It was nice to be able to kick back and let loose after a week of exams, papers and needy customers. Everything was fine until you decided to call it a night and make your way back home. While you were driving, the red and blue lights of a cop car flashed behind you and you were pulled over. The officer arrested you on DUI charges.

Now you are worried about how you will make it to work. You need to drive to get things done. Without the ability to drive, you might not make ends meet. You have bills to pay and a crazy schedule. You are overwhelmed and want to know if you there is anything you can do.

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