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Are You Familiar With the Long Term Consequences of a DWI Conviction?

Within the United States, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the single most common criminal offense. Many conscientious motorists, who otherwise possess clean driving histories, have been arrested for and charged with a DWI. Suddenly, their lives have entered into a downward spiral from which it is difficult to emerge right side up.

If you are convicted of a DWI, there will be many ramifications you must face, and the effects of these consequences can linger on for years afterwards. Most NH motorists are familiar with the short term consequences of a DWI conviction: court mandated community service, imprisonment, mandated participation in alcohol treatment programs, monetary fines, higher insurance premiums, and suspension of your driver’s license, amongst others.

Unfortunately, it is the long ranging shockwaves from a DWI conviction that can cause the greatest negative effects. Even after your monetary fines have been paid and your legal obligations have been fulfilled, your DWI conviction can affect your life for a number of years. The first step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from the effects of a DWI conviction is to learn exactly how it can impact your life.

Just a few of the long term consequences of a DWI conviction include:

§  Revocation of Your Driver’s License – In the state of New Hampshire, a DWI conviction can result in your driver’s license being suspended for a period of 9 months to upwards of 2 years for a first time offense. Without your driver’s license, it becomes difficult to commute to and from work. If your position requires you to be able to drive, it can result in the loss of your job. Losing the ability to operate your own motor vehicle is stressful, to say the least. Even running simple errands becomes a challenge, and it can affect your ability to enjoy a social life.

§  Background Checks – Before hiring a new employee, most employers will conduct a background check. A misdemeanor or felony DWI conviction is going to appear on any background check that is run and can thwart your best efforts to secure employment. Other areas a background check influences include housing applications, financial aid applications, and admissions applications to institutes of higher education. Landlords frequently run background checks on housing applicants, and this could potentially jeopardize your chances of obtaining the home or apartment you’d like to rent.

§  Employment – Your current vocation can be affected by a DWI arrest and conviction. Community service hours, court dates, and potential jail time will have a negative effect on your ability to work during your scheduled hours. Moreover, job seekers are placed at a disadvantage if they have a DWI on their record. In this tight economy, this can be the deciding factor on whether or not they are able to find gainful employment.

§  Automobile Insurance Rates – Following a DWI conviction, your auto insurance rates are going to increase significantly because motorists who have been convicted of a DWI are classified as “high risk” motorists by insurance providers. It is not uncommon to see monthly rates double, or even triple, and they will stay this way for several years. In some cases, an insurance provider will terminate an offender’s coverage altogether.

§  Professional Relationships – A DWI conviction can have an adverse effect on how you are viewed by your employer and your fellow coworkers. Even if you attempt to keep it under wraps, it is not uncommon for news outlets to publish a weekly list of DWI arrests. Depending upon your employer’s policies regarding criminal arrests and convictions, there is a possibility you could lose your job.

§  Personal Relationships – Following an arrest for any type of crime, it is common to suffer from feelings of embarrassment and shame. Expect your friends and family members to be concerned about your well-being following your arrest, and they may be overly attentive to your behavior. You may become resentful or irritated if they attempt to pry into your personal life and want to discuss your drinking habits.

An arrest or conviction for a DWI can produce devastating repercussions for years afterwards. The best method of avoiding all of these negative ramifications is to avoid drinking and driving altogether; however, mistakes do happen. If you have been arrested and charged with a DWI in the state of New Hampshire, please contact our law offices today. Time is of the essence in DWI cases, so do not delay.

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