Any Miami DUI Lawyer will tell you that life can become very difficult if you get a DUI conviction. In the State of Florida, DUI is a serious charge and it is strictly enforced. If you are found guilty of drunk driving either by the court, these could be the immediate consequences:
Hefty fines, which rise with every repetition (higher fines for second and third offense)
Possible jail time
Community service hours
Advanced driver instruction course, in a classroom
Higher insurance premiums
Installation of an ignition interlock
Impoundment of your vehicle
Not only that your insurance company may raise your premiums, but they may also even refuse to renew the policy next time around. But hang on, the negative consequences don’t end there. Read on to find out in what all ways a DUI conviction can make your life miserable:
If you are in the military: This is not so much an employment as it is a service, and it’s a matter of pride to serve your nation. As a soldier, you are expected to be disciplined, law-abiding and behave honorably whether you’re on duty or not. The leadership skills and experience you gain there are incomparable to any other. A DUI conviction, being a criminal charge, is just the opposite – it may give the impression that you are irresponsible, and don’t care too much about the law. That being said, it will definitely be a black mark on your record. While it is possible that you may be discharged, it’s not a certainty. You may be penalized in other ways, though – like being passed over for promotions, or lose pay grade for example; you may even be pressured to put in for an early retirement. The probability of your being discharged could be higher if you’re an officer or NCO; however, this may not happen if the nation is at war or engaged in some serious military action, and every soldier is needed. If you are charged with a DUI, you can consult an experienced Daytona Beach DUI attorney for more details.
If you’re fighting for Custody of your child: A DUI conviction could go against you, by painting a picture of irresponsibility. A child’s custody is decided by the judge based on his or her ‘best interests’; that is, which parent will be able to provide the best and stable life for the child, financially, emotionally, and so on. An extensive background check is conducted on both parents, and criminal history is an important element here. A DUI conviction is a criminal offense, and the actual level of alcohol in your blood at the time of the arrest, and whether your child was in the vehicle at the time, were there any aggravating factors, was it a one-time thing or you are a repeat offender, are big factors that could swing the judge’s opinion. Most judges are likely to consider a DUI conviction as reckless behavior, and it could go against you. If however, the conviction was a long time ago, the judge may be lenient.
If you’re applying for a passport: A felony DUI conviction may impact your ability to get a passport. Consult Orlando DUI lawyers for more details as to how your passport application could be affected by a DUI conviction. You may, however, face restrictions from traveling abroad as some countries do not permit anyone with a criminal conviction to enter their country.
Credit Score: It isn’t reported on your credit report, but it may have indirect effects that may lead to a lowered credit score. For example, if you pay the court fees and the fines with your credit card, it may cause your score to hit bottom; more so, if you’re strapped for cash at the time. This may set off a domino effect, and you may fall behind on your credit card payments. A DUI conviction is, after all, an expensive affair! You may have to pay thousands in fines alone; then there could be court fees, impoundment fees, fees in lieu of community service, interlock device fees, DUI and driving school fees, restitution for property damage, and so on, all of which could come to thousands of dollars. You may also have to shell out more for your insurance coverage.
If you’re a permanent resident (green card holder): As a DUI is a criminal offense, unfortunately, it could result in your deportation. Florida, with its huge immigrant population, is especially tough with this law. If there are any aggravating factors like child endangerment, DUI with injury, property damage or manslaughter, the prosecution’s case for deporting you becomes even stronger. Being a green card holder does not preclude you from deportation proceedings. Of course, the court will weigh all the circumstances with regard to the DUI charge, as well as examine with a fine tooth comb, how you have conducted yourself since entering the US. If you’re a non-US citizen, you would be well-advised to consult an experienced DUI lawyer in Miami to fight your case in court.
Have you been charged with a DUI? Don’t make the mistake of paying up meekly – fight the charge! Our experienced lawyers will go through the case details and give you the best advice: should you plea bargain, sentence bargain, or go in for a full-fledged fight?
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