When dealing with a DUI charge, it is important to take it seriously from the start. After all, you are not only facing the possibility of a jail sentence when you face the possibility of a DUI conviction.
In reality, the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction are much more of a problem for many.
Problems with employment
BACtrack talks about the long-lasting impacts of even one DUI conviction. This can affect your ability to find and hold down a job, your ability to find housing, and even how well you can fit into a community.
Regarding job hunting, many employers can legally refuse to give you a job if you have a DUI on record. For example, government positions, positions that work with children – including teaching jobs – and jobs that require a commercial driver’s license all have the right to refuse hiring someone with a DUI.
Even in normal jobs, someone without a DUI may have the edge over you for various reasons. For example, reliable transportation is an important thing for many employers. Obviously, someone with their own car and an unsuspended license will have preference over someone who must rely on public transportation because their license got suspended.
Trouble in a competitive housing market
Regarding housing, this is largely up to the competitive nature of the market. While landlords cannot discriminate against someone for a criminal record, they can still prioritize people without one if they have limited units available.
Finally, when news gets out about a DUI, many people will treat you differently, too. You may no longer feel included in your own community, which will only lend to the stress of the other issues you will face.