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3 ways a DWI can impact your life

Imagine driving home from work on Friday. After a very long and hard week on the job, you decide to stop and see some friends at your favorite watering hole. After taking some time to unwind during happy hour, you decide to finish your drive home.

Just a few blocks from your house, you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. A short time later, you are in the back of a squad car and on your way to jail for the night. The police have charged you with driving while under the influence (DWI).

Over the years, as drunk driving accidents have become more frequent and deadly, the consequences of driving while intoxicated have become much more serious. Even a first-time offense can cost you thousands in court fees and fines in addition to jail time. Here are a few other ways thatĀ a DWI can impact your life.

Change in insurance rates

One of the main places you will feel the financial pinch of a DWI conviction is an increase in automobile insurance rates. In fact, you can expect to pay five to 100 percent more than you were paying prior to the DWI. This is because insurance companies will have access to your driving records and will be able to see the DWI conviction. This will then lead them to consider you a high-risk driver.

Suspended license

Another way that a DWI will affect your life outside the courtroom is in the form of a suspended license. The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles might immediately suspend your license once you are charged with a DWI. If it is your first offense, you might be able to apply for and receive a temporary or restricted license so that you can still drive to and from work.

Loss of employment

You could end up losing your job as a result of a DWI. Even if your employer does not have rules regarding criminal offenses, you could still lose your job due to missing work for court dates. Or, if you cannot obtain a restricted license, you might lose your job due to too many late arrivals if you have to depend on public transportation. These same reasons might also prevent you from getting another job. This, in turn, will affect your ability to keep up with paying outstanding court fines or fees and might result in a violation of your probation.

If you areĀ facing a DWI charge, keep in mind that you still have rights and options. With a good defense, you might be able to fight back against the charges and avoid a DWI conviction.

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