The majority of people are familiar with the high risk associated with driving under the influence and even the consequences that accompany an arrest, yet, in 2016, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, (cdc.gov). The short and long term consequences vary per individual and are based on factors such as actual blood alcohol level (BAC), number of prior arrests or convictions, and whether or not a car accident occurred as a result of driving under the influence. If the life-altering, common knowledge consequences aren’t enough, consider the unexpected consequences of a DUI before you get behind the wheel.
Insurance Rates: It is not a secret that DUI’s are expensive; so expensive in fact, that an impaired driver could have hailed a helicopter for a ride home versus driving. An unexpected consequence of a DUI is the increase in car insurance rates. Coupled with a driver’s previous driving record, car insurance coverage can and will increase up 2 times in both Kansas and Missouri following a DUI. A first time DUI conviction will be on a driver’s record for three to seven years which in turn will affect your car insurance. Depending on where you live, a DUI can be expunged from your driving record following the minimum term.
Car Rental: At some point in life, the vast majority of people rent a car. Most car rental companies run background checks as well as check driving records at some stage in the car rental process. While a criminal record (where a DUI would fit) and a driving record are two different things, it is best to avoid the confusion with this unexpected consequence of a DUI. Prior to arriving at the car rental counter, contact the rental company directly and if there is a question, it is probably best to use a ride-sharing service.
Employment: In the short term, being arrested for a DUI may affect your employment if you have to serve jail time or if you receive a suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. A DUI will show up on a background check and if you are applying for a job that requires the operation of a company vehicle, you may lose the employment opportunity. A prospective employer may not be able to inquire about a DUI arrest if it does not impact the person’s ability to perform the job. All of this is true except if you are military personnel in which case, you are required to disclose any arrests, including a DUI.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, call the Law Offices of Reginald Keith Davis. We can help you mitigate the expected and the unexpected consequences of a DUI. Here you will receive the experienced legal representation you can rely on.