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Have you considered how a DUI mark would affect your future?

A conviction for driving under the influence carries tough penalties in the state of Maryland, even though all DUIs are classified under the heading of misdemeanor.

However, the penalties are not all you have to worry about. A DUI mark on your record stays with you and can adversely affect the plans you have for the future.

Getting through the process

When you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you are looking at penalties such as a suspended driver’s license, fines, an alcohol education program and possible jail time. The penalties will be determined based on the circumstances that warranted your arrest and the blood alcohol level in your system as revealed by testing. The process can be unnerving, especially for a first-time offender, and all you want is for it to be over.

Job issues

You may find yourself out of work if a clean driving record is a requirement for your continuing employment. If you are looking for a new job, bear in mind that many companies these days do thorough background checks, in which case your conviction will come to light. A potential employer may not want to take a chance with you if the recruiter sees the DUI on your record.

Education problems

If you hope to attend college, your application will likely be scrutinized carefully, and the DUI will appear during a background check. Some colleges will still admit you, especially if you have no prior criminal record, but others will not. In addition, with a DUI on your record, there are certain occupations you will not be able to pursue because they require state or professional certification or licensing.

Insurance woes

If your driver’s license was suspended, you must show proof of having automobile insurance to be reinstated. You may be considered a “high-risk driver,” and your present provider may cancel your policy. Furthermore, a new company may charge much higher rates for coverage because of your DUI.

Thinking ahead

A criminal defense attorney will tell you that while a DUI conviction is quite common, it can have serious, lasting effects on your life. When you think about the consequences, is the risk of an arrest for DUI worth the ongoing price you might have to pay?

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