An operating while under the influence conviction comes with harsh penalties. If convicted, this criminal offense can have both immediate and long-term impacts. Immediate impacts for an OWI conviction can include fines, jail time, suspension of a driver’s license and even installation of an ignition interlock device. Although many are aware of these negative consequences, few are aware of the impact a conviction can have on one’s personal and work life. Contacting attorney services in Cedar Rapids can help you through the process without destroying your life.
The Long Lasting Impact Of A DUI/OWI Conviction
An OWI conviction can affect one’s personal and family life in many ways. First, there is the cost of the conviction. A recent MSN investigation found a typical drunk driving conviction costs around $10,000. The estimated cost includes bail, fines, and fees as well as insurance increases, but does not include any serious property damage or injuries.
Insurance rates can be greatly impacted by the charge. Insurance experts note that a single DUI conviction can impact insurance rates for a minimum of three to five years. This can double, triple, or even quadruple the rate and may result in a classification of “high risk.”
The financial impact can be staggering, but is only one concern. Additional concerns include the embarrassment associated with the publicity behind a DUI conviction as well as the difficulty of finding housing. In addition, finding employment can be difficult if the employer utilizes background checks.
Due to the broad array of impacts associated with these convictions, it is important to take the initial OWI charge seriously. If you or a loved one is charged with a drunken driving offense. Call us right away to discuss your situation and better ensure your legal rights are protected.