Most people know that driving under influence (DUI) is a serious offense with far-reaching consequences. Per Illinois DUI laws, a conviction for drunk driving can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license, fines and even jail time. Additionally, you may have an ignition interlock device installed on your car. And worst of all, you will have a criminal record that will hang over your head for the rest of your life.
But these are not the only consequences of a DUI conviction. You are also likely to contend with a myriad of collateral consequences following your conviction, including these:
DUI and your career
A conviction for drunk driving can impact your career in a variety of ways. For starters, a DUI conviction can stand between you and college admission. It can also hinder you from getting scholarships.
During the job recruitment process, a DUI conviction might pop up when a prospective employer runs a background check on you. As you can imagine, a prospective employer will likely bypass you for someone else with a clean record. This is especially true if the job in question involves driving or operating dangerous machinery.
Finally, if you are sent to jail, then you will clearly miss work. And this will mean lost wages. Prolonged incarceration may also lead to your dismissal.
DUI and your civil rights
A DUI conviction can lead to the loss of your voting rights. This means that if elections happen when you are incarcerated, then you may not vote. But there is more. You may not legally own a firearm if you have a criminal conviction. If you are caught in possession of a weapon, you might be charged with a felony.
Protecting your rights
Drunk driving is a serious offense no matter what the circumstances. If you are charged with DUI, it is in your best interest that you understand and exercise your legal right to defend yourself. That’s the best possible way to protect your future.