Drunk driving has been an issue lawmakers have been trying to tackle for years. Much of the discussion has been focused on eliminating the alarming loss of life that comes with driving under the influence. Every year, 100,000 DUI-related deaths occur in the U.S. People with DUI convictions face consequences that last a lifetime that they probably didn’t think about before driving drunk. The repercussions should make all drivers think twice before driving drunk. Below, we’ll go over the ways a DUI can impact your life.
For first time offenders, jail time ranges from 48 hours to six months and a five-year probationary period. Jail time can completely disrupt your work and home life, Not to mention, you may pay fines ranging from $400-$1,000.
Long-Term Financial Liabilities
The cost of a DUI doesn’t stop at just a few hundred bucks. Depending on your situation, property damage and harm to the person(s) in the other vehicle may make a conviction way more expensive. You will have to pay for the long-term medical care of the other party. In addition, you’ll foot the bill for any other damages, court fees, and lawyer fees.This all can add up to an alarming $13,000 to $27,000. A DUI can hurt your chances of landing a job, getting a loan or mortgage, and will give you a higher car insurance premium.
Loss of Driving Privileges
You may lose your driver’s license if the state decides to suspend or revoke your driver’s license. You may be offered a hardship license, which severely limits your ability to drive in circumstances outside of certain conditions. For example, you may only be able to use the car to get to work or school.
Mental Health Effects
Car accidents can be traumatic and have adverse psychological effects on the people involved including guilt for causing the accident and social isolation. You may experience conditions such as depression, PTSD, panic attacks, and insomnia.
Any background checks you receive will show your DUI, putting you at a huge disadvantage on job applications. A DUI may wreak havoc on your career as you will have to factor in court dates, jail time, and community service hours. You may also struggle to secure college financial aid or housing, as both college admissions and landlords conduct background checks.
Driving under the influence is a very serious crime that takes a life every 28 seconds. Think about the consequences before drinking and driving, as they can alter your life forever in ways you might not have considered before.
If you have been injured as the result of a drunk driver, we can help. Contact your Kentucky personal injury lawyer today to set up a consultation.