Pretty much everyone is aware of what generally happens when you get charged with a DUI. Of the 12,196,959 arrests made by domestic law enforcement in 2012, about 1,500,000 of these were DUI arrests. That's roughly one in eight arrests being made for driving under the influence of alcohol. For these arrests, a suspension of one's driver's license or court mandate to install a breathalyzer in one's vehicle is often fairly common.
Yet as common as DUI arrests and charges are, not everyone knows the full extent to which one can be prosecuted if convicted on these charges. And some of these consequences can truly be devastating, not even making themselves apparent until months or years after the arrest - especially for a mistake that is so easy to prevent.
Here's a look at three of the most unexpected consequences of getting a DUI that every driver should know about before getting behind the wheel after drinking:
Inability to rent a car
In addition to the usual consequences of DUIs, many individuals convicted of DUIs are unable to rent a car after their conviction. It's not often something that's mandated by the court - instead, car rental companies will often refuse to rent cars to people with a DUI conviction on their record.
Termination of insurance
If you think your car insurance will cover whatever damage is done to your vehicle during a DUI-related incident, think again. Most insurance providers won't cover damage done to cars that is made while the driver is under the influence of alcohol. Combined with your DUI fines or restitutions, the costs can be nearly impossible to manage. What's worse, your insurance company might even sever their ties with you as a client, leaving you to find a new insurer.
Your credit record
Did you know that a DUI arrest or conviction can even dock your credit score? Many people don't know this, because DUI records only appear on one's criminal record - but if you fall behind on paying your DUI-related fines or restitution, this will negatively impact your credit score. This, in turn, will limit your chances of getting credit for major purchases like a home or car. And it's something no domestic lawyer will be able to help you with.
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