When most people get their first DUI charge, they focus on the short-term implications of a potential conviction. This often centers on things like jail time or fines.
While these are also huge impacts and not ignorable issues, it skirts around the problem of longer-lasting impacts.
Issues with employment
BACtrack examines some of the long-term impacts related to DUI convictions. First, a person may struggle to find employment.
Some job fields do not hire people with a DUI on record for safety reasons, and it is not against the law to deny their applications. It is not considered discrimination so much as safety actions to ensure the health of clients and employees.
Such fields include government jobs, jobs that work with children and any job that requires a commercial driver’s license. Jobs that involve the operation of heavy machinery may not hire such an individual, either.
Problems getting a home or moving
It is also possible for people to struggle with finding a new home after getting convicted of a DUI. In many desirable areas, unit vacancies have limits. While a landlord cannot discriminate against someone for a criminal record, they can still put preference toward other candidates for limited slots.
Finally, some people find it harder to settle into a community. Often, especially in smaller communities, word gets out eventually about a person’s DUI history. Some communities may react in a negative way, icing that individual out of integration, which is often emotionally and mentally harmful.
Thus, a DUI can damage someone in multiple ways, and someone facing a charge should take it seriously.