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.
Suspension of your driver’s license
A DUI conviction in Georgia is taken very seriously by law enforcement and prosecutors, even if it is your first conviction, you can have your license suspended for up to 12 months. Additional offenses can get your license suspended for 36 to 60 months. If during your arrest you refused to participate in a field sobriety test or take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC), you can expect your driver’s license to be suspended.
Even if the job you are applying for does not require you to have a professional license, there are employers who have restrictions in place for hiring anyone who has a criminal record. When you have a DUI on your record, you are seen as a potential liability risk and employers may just decide not to take a chance with you. If the job you are applying for involves driving, you can expect an even harder time securing employment.
College admissions will also take your criminal history into account when deciding on your entry application. Some schools may even decide to temporarily or permanently suspend you from the school if you receive a DUI while enrolled and do not disclose your conviction. Another thing to be aware of, if you are trying to secure a professional license of some kind, there are several licensing boards that will refuse to issue a license to those who have a felony or multiple DUI convictions.
If you have recently received a DUI conviction and have not yet spoken to an attorney, you should do so immediately. There are many aspects to a DUI that you may have questions about that can be answered by a knowledgeable DUI attorney. As you can see, your future can be severely impacted by a DUI conviction and addressing these situations early may be the best way to avoid further suffering.