We all know there are criminal penalties for DUIs, but you may not realize just how far the potential ramifications may go. Your employment, your future earnings potential, and your housing can be impacted by a DUI conviction.
DUI convictions can never be expunged or sealed in the state of Florida. This means that a conviction will stay on your record for the rest of your life and you have no way to change it.
Additionally, in the state of Florida, there is no limit to how far a potential employer or entity can search back through your record. This is important for background checks, housing opportunities, or attempts to join a professional association.
DUI charges can even affect your current job status, and some homeowner’s associations can evict you from your home. Schools and universities can withdraw financial aid or suspend you from class. Professional licenses can be revoked which can be particularly damaging to the careers of nurses. A DUI charge can also get you thrown out of the military. These outcomes are just a small portion of the list of potential issues that could arise from a DUI charge.
All of these issues are exacerbated by multiple DUI charges. Not only are the criminal penalties greater for each subsequent charge, but the effect on your life could be greater as well. If you are convicted of a third DUI charge, you will likely be charged with a felony.
If that happens you will lose the right to vote, and the right to own a firearm among other civil rights. You are also more likely to be discriminated by potential employers and are expressly denied from working in certain industries.
Therefore, those facing criminal charges should hire experienced defense for their cases.
Charged with a DUI? Call Hager & Schwartz at (305) 330-1360 now for a free consultation!