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
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. So if you are trying to secure a loan, a place to live or even a new job, you may not be able to do so. In fact, you could lose your existing job depending on your current employer’s policies regarding criminal arrests and convictions. If you are a professional driver or if driving is part of your regular job, your career could also take a permanent hit.
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.