If you have been indulging in a few alcoholic beverages, and you are thinking about getting behind the wheel, you may want to think about the impact it will have on your life. A DUI is about more than getting arrested in the moment, or having to visit court one or two times. It can impact your whole life.
Even if you do not end up in jail, there are many cases where a DUI can result in a license being permanently revoked. You may not realize it, but so much of what you do is tied to your ability to get around in a car. If you needed a ride or an Uber each time you needed to go to work, you would be looking at a significant financial loss. And if you need to drive for work, then you could lose your job because of this revocation.
A DUI can affect your career for many years, if you end up getting a conviction. Being arrested but then acquitted is not as big a deal, as it is not in your permanent record as a conviction. If you are convicted, then each time you apply for a job, loan or apartment, you are showing people that you were arrested and convicted of a DUI. Some jobs may not care, but others will.
Even if you do not get your license revoked, you can be sure that you are going to pay for this when your next insurance deal is arranged. You will see your premiums going up three or four times what you are paying now, and that is a conservative estimate. Auto insurance is based on risk, and if you are someone who was arrested and convicted of a DUI, then you are seen as a huge risk, which means much higher rates.