If law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you will be primarily concerned with the immediate consequences.
However, there are also long-term effects of a DUI conviction that will follow you and possibly disrupt certain plans you have for the future.
If you are a college student interested in further education, a DUI conviction on your record may make admission to the school of your choice more difficult. In addition, a conviction may disqualify you from obtaining the state licensing or certification you need for a career in certain fields such as education, medicine or law.
Most employers conduct background checks on applicants. If you apply for a new job, this might tilt the employer’s decision in favor of an applicant with a clean record. If you are already working, a DUI could play a part in whether your employer retains you or terminates you, especially if your job includes driving for the company.
Auto Insurance Repercussions
A DUI conviction will have an effect on your automobile insurance. The insurer may see you as a high-risk driver and could cancel your policy or issue a new one at a much higher rate. If your driver’s license was suspended due to the DUI, you will have to provide the state of South Dakota with proof that you have SR22 insurance. Quotes are available from most insurance companies, and you will have to keep this coverage for a period of three years.
A variety of irregularities could have occurred during your DUI arrest. Considering both the short-term and long-term consequences, there is ample reason for you to consider fighting the DUI charge. You want the best outcome possible for your case and certainly for your future.