Collateral Consequences of DUI
Thousands of people are arrested for driving under the influence in Oklahoma each year. While this offense may be charged often, there is nothing ordinary about the consequences that can follow—even after you have served out your sentence.
If you are convicted of or plead guilty to DUI, you could face penalties including:
- Loss of drivers license
- Jail time
- Installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
The specifics of your penalty will depend on many factors, including your blood alcohol content and whether or not you have any prior DUI arrests or convictions on your record.
For Years to Come
You might think it’s all over once your sentence has been served, however, a DUI can follow you for years to come. For starters:
- It will appear on any criminal background check performed on you in the future.
- It could prevent you from getting a loan
- It could increase the rate you pay on a loan,
- It might prevent you from renting an apartment or home
- You might be denied a new job opportunity
- You could lose your existing job depending on your current employer’s policies
- If you are a professional driver or if driving is part of your regular job, your career could also take a permanent hit.
- You probably will lose any TSA privileges you have
- You could be denied entry into Canada and possibly other countries.
- Of course, this is all in addition to the social stigma surrounding a DUI.
If you have been charged with DUI, it is imperative that you seek experienced legal help immediately in order to protect your future.
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