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Ten Good Reasons NOT to Get a DUI
As if you didn’t already know that getting a DUI wasn’t a good thing, here are ten excellent reasons to stop and hand over the keys to someone else before driving yourself home from a party or the bar.
A DUI Leaves You With a Criminal Record
That’s right, that bad boy will show up in every background check completed from here to kingdom come. Once you have a DUI, its splattered across your personal history in bright red ink - just like a scarlet letter.
You Go to Jail
After the cops pull you over, give you a breathalyzer and realize you’re drunk, do you really think they’re going to just take you home, pat you on the head and tell you not to do it again? No way. They’re going to take you right to jail, let you call someone, then toss you into the drunk tank to wait it out. The bond money for your little “adventure” will almost certainly be much more than the $20 it would have cost you to take a cab home rather than driving after having a few drinks.
Do not pass GO, do not collect $200...
Your Auto Insurance Will Skyrocket
In many states, auto insurance providers have the right to cancel your auto insurance immediately when you are convicted of a DUI. If your insurance provider doesn’t cancel immediately, it’s a fair bet that you won’t have the option to renew your policy. In the event that your insurance carrier is feeling generous and extends a renewal to you, expect to pay a LOT more for coverage.
Someone Will Be Disappointed in You
It’s going to be awfully challenging to call mom and dad from jail at 3:00 in the morning - but it will be even harder to explain to them just how you got there. Do you really want to see that disappointed look on their faces or face what’s waiting for you when you get home? If you’re particularly unlucky, you won’t be dealing with mom and dad, you’ll be dealing with your infuriated wife.
Do you really want to deal with this?
You'll Pay Fines
As if bond money and higher auto insurance premiums weren’t enough, your local government is very likely to hit you with some steep fines for endangering its citizens. Do you really think the local government is going to pass up an opportunity to collect money from you? Not a chance.
You May Have to Face the Victim Impact Panel
Some states think it’s a brilliant idea to march those convicted of a DUI down to the courthouse and make them sit and talk to the families of drunk driving victims. Sure, it’s a HUGE dose of sobering reality (no pun intended) but it would have done you a lot more good before your DUI rather than after. If you already feel like excrement, this is a sure way to rub yourself right into the ground.
Attorneys Are Expensive
If you plan to fight the DUI - or if you live in a particularly strict state and simply don’t want to end up with serious jail time - you’ll need an attorney. When it comes to lawyers, you usually get what you pay for. Thus, that fantastic attorney who’s slippery as a weasel and can pull even the hardest criminal out of harms way? Well, he’ll cost you your college fund.
Unless you happen to be related to a good DUI attorney...you're in trouble
DUIs are hard to expunge from your record
Sure, you can expunge a DUI from your record if you’ve already been convicted, but it nearly takes an act of Congress to do it. If you’re lucky enough to live in a city like San Francisco, you may be able to take advantage of a “Clean Slate” program. Unfortunately, most cities don’t offer these programs and even the best attorney is unlikely to be able to get the DUI off your record after the conviction.
Employers See It
So you’ve finally graduated from college and head off to score a high-paying job in the real world. You’ve got a degree, nice clothes, work experience and you are the ideal candidate for a prominent position. Time and time again, however, someone else is chosen for the job instead of you. Don’t kid yourself, no matter what your friends, parents or even employer said to you, the DUI DOES MATTER. Employers who conduct a background check WILL see it and they WILL care. You’ll just get a job somewhere that doesn’t require a background check you say? Have fun flipping burgers, my friend.
A good job could go down the tubes.
Your DUI Will Come Back to Haunt You
Let’s say you get that DUI when you’re 18. Ten years down the road you’ve all but forgotten about it. You’ve met the girl of your dreams and you’re ready to get married, start a family and have a real life. But uh-oh! That dream girl has a paranoid father who ran a criminal background check on you and dug up your old DUI. Now your in-laws think you’re irresponsible and probably hate your guts. Your dream girl feels betrayed and is wondering what else there is about you that she doesn’t know. You don’t want to go down this road….do you?