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How can a DWI impact your life for many years?

As human beings, we all make bad decisions just about every day. However, a decision to get behind the wheel when you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is one that can impact your life for many years to come.

New Jersey residents often feel ashamed or stupid after being charged with DWI. Too few seek legal help. They just want to take the consequences and move on with their lives. However, once your jail time is completed, your DWI classes are finished, your fines are paid and your license is reinstated, the consequences of a DWI are not necessarily over.

A DWI conviction gives you a criminal record, which is something that current and potential employers can see. Increasingly, companies do criminal background checks before deciding whether to hire an applicant. If the choice is between you and a number of qualified candidates without a criminal record, why should they take a chance on you? If your career necessitates having a state license or certification, your conviction may disqualify you from getting a job. If your work involves driving, you may be in danger of losing the job you already have.

Even if you're still a student, a DWI conviction can impact your future. It can affect your ability to get into college.

You may find yourself paying for your DWI in the form of higher insurance premiums for a number of years after your driver's license is reinstated. If your insurance provider classifies you as a high-risk driver, the company may cancel your policy or charge you a higher rate to keep your insurance.

Any charge of DWI should be taken seriously. The potential toll that it can take on your life is too great to try to deal with it yourself. New Jersey criminal defense attorneys experienced in handling DWI cases know how to examine and question the evidence. They can also work to try to mitigate the impact of a conviction on your life and future.

Source: Lifesafer.com, "The Long-Term Effects of a DUI" accessed Jan. 28, 2015

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