Most people know that a DWI conviction can result in jail time and fines. However, the consequences of this conviction can affect your life long after you’ve served your sentence. Here are some of the hidden consequences of a DWI that you might not be aware about.
Difficulty Going to College
If you were looking to attend college to improve your career prospects, a DWI conviction could derail your plans. Colleges ask many questions on their applications and want to know about your work history, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Some schools may even conduct a criminal background check and reject students who have committed certain crimes.
Trouble Getting into the Military
Have you always wanted to serve your country by joining the military? Unfortunately, having a DWI conviction on your record could stand in your way. The military currently doesn’t individuals with DWI convictions. People with criminal records have difficulty obtaining security clearances and obtaining a license, which can make it difficult to serve in the armed forces. However, you may be able to get a DWI waived if it wasn’t a felony and nobody got injured.
Hurt Your Chances of Getting Child Custody
If you’re currently in the middle of a child custody battle with your ex-spouse, getting convicted of a DWI can make it more difficult to obtain custody. Your ex may argue that the conviction makes you an irresponsible parent. The family judge may frown upon the conviction and grant the other parent custody.
Lose Your Commercial Driving License
If you drive a commercial vehicle for a living, getting convicted of a DWI can impact your livelihood. The judge may suspend your CDL license, so you won’t be able to earn a living from that. You will have to get another type of job and reapply for your CDL license after you’ve completed your sentence.
Pay Higher Car Insurance Rates
With a DWI conviction on your record, you can expect your car insurance rates to go up significantly. Insurance companies consider those with DWI convictions high risk and charge them higher premiums to protect themselves.
Damage Personal Relationships
Some of your friends and family members may view you in a negative light after you get convicted of a DWI. They may start talking to you less frequently and stop inviting you to gatherings. This can be very hurtful.