When you face a DWI conviction, you may automatically think of the more short-term repercussions like jail time or the fines and fees.
However, the long-term impacts actually have an even bigger way of changing your life.
Housing and job hunting
BACtrack discusses the impacts of a DUI conviction on a person’s life in the long term. It may seep into areas that you do not expect at all, like housing.
For example, a landlord cannot deny you housing specifically because you have a criminal record. However, if they have limited spots and you are up against an applicant with no criminal history, it goes without saying that the landlord will likely choose the person with the clean record.
This can follow you into your job hunts, too. Many fields do not hire people with a DWI on their record. This includes jobs that work with children such as teaching positions, government jobs, and jobs that require a commercial driver’s license or otherwise rely heavily on your ability to drive.
Potential license suspension
Speaking of, you may lose access to your car through a license suspension. Even if you do not, you could find it too expensive to maintain the costs of your current insurance, as your premium will certainly raise with a DWI on record.
Thus, your DWI could impact your ability to get around, find employment and even get a new apartment. These are all-encompassing aspects of life, and having them stunted in such a way could end up doing serious damage.