No one wants to be charged with driving under the influence in Maryland or anywhere else. Even if you aren’t convicted, an arrest can tarnish your reputation. These are some of the most common long-term effects of these charges.
Losing your driver’s license
One of the first negative aspects you can experience from driving under the influence (DUI) is a revocation of your driver’s license. An arrest may result in you temporarily losing your license, but it’s even worse if you face a conviction. You may lose your license for at least one year, which means you won’t be able to drive and will have to seek alternative transportation.
Even if your current employer doesn’t look into your background, a DUI can still cause you to lose your job. For example, if you have to drive to and from work, and your license is suspended, it can affect your ability to travel. If you can’t find a ride from someone else, public transportation is sparse or you can’t afford regular rideshare services, you could lose your job.
If you’re looking for a new job, you might get passed over after a background check reveals your DUI. A DUI might also affect some professional licenses such as those for Realtors, doctors, lawyers, nurses and paramedics.
Skyrocketing auto insurance rates
Auto insurance companies don’t want to see that their policyholders have a DUI on their records. If you have a conviction, however, your insurance rates may significantly increase because your insurer will view you as being at high risk for an accident.
On the flip side, your auto insurance company might even drop your coverage altogether. You might have to look elsewhere, but many insurers are reluctant to take on drivers with past convictions for drunk driving.
Drunk driving is never worth the risk. Staying sober can prevent a slew of problems and save lives.