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A DUI conviction could change your plans for the future

You undoubtedly have plans for the future. You may hope to attend graduate school or begin your dream career. However, if you have a DUI mark on your record, your plans could be adversely affected.

The consequences

The Commonwealth of Virginia has strict drunk driving laws. If you are convicted of DUI, you face heavy fines, possible jail time, suspension or revocation of your license and more. A DUI will also result in six points being added to your record. Furthermore, those points will remain for 11 years. The problem is that points are like roadblocks to your education and career plans.

Education issues

A DUI on your record may make college admission difficult; some colleges will refuse your application in favor of someone with a clean driving record. Having a DUI on your record may also disqualify you from a professional career as a teacher, doctor or lawyer, or any position that requires state certification or licensing.

Finding work

Most employers perform background checks on job applicants. You may have a great interview for a job you would really like to have. However, when your DUI conviction shows up, along with those six points on your record, the recruiter may pass you by. Instead, he or she may choose an applicant who has a clean record and gives the impression of being more trustworthy.

The insurance problem

If your license has been suspended, you will have to show proof of auto insurance to get it back. The problem here is that in light of the DUI conviction, your insurance agency may regard you as a high-risk driver and raise your insurance rates significantly. You will either have to pay or look for another insurer.

A word about a felony conviction

Depending on the circumstances under which you were stopped by law enforcement, your DUI could escalate into a felony conviction. If that should happen, you would lose a number of personal liberties. For example, you would not be able to vote, you would be ineligible for government assistance and you would not be able to acquire a passport. This is just another example of the issues a DUI conviction could have on your future.

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