DUI convictions can have heavy impacts on your future and consequences that can last for years to come. While most people think about potential time in jail or the financial hit you could take, there are other, even bigger repercussions.
The impact a DUI conviction could have on your work, school and even housing opportunities are not something to overlook or underestimate.
The College Investor discusses the true impact that a DUI conviction can have on your future. First, it can impact your future employment opportunities. There are many fields of employment that do not hire people with a DUI on record, including government jobs, jobs that work with children, and jobs that require driving.
Trouble with schooling
You will also face issues with schooling, especially college. Many colleges will lower you on the entry preference levels if you have any sort of criminal record. Even if you already gained acceptance to a college, it does not disclude you from possible consequences. For example, many colleges will remove any financial support they once provided you with, making continued attendance a difficult financial burden.
You may also face housing discrimination. Some landlords will not bother checking further into your record and will only see that you have one. They may deprioritize those with criminal records, even with bills and laws in place trying to prevent discrimination in housing due to these reasons.
In general, you could have a harder time reintegrating with society than you anticipate. This holds true regardless of whether your DUI conviction is for a first-time offense or even if anyone else was or was not involved.