Many think a DUI will affect you only in terms of license revocation, fines, and serving jail-time. Those are the main components if charged with DUI in Miami; however, the aftermath of a conviction can lead to many additional consequences pertaining to career advancement and career opportunities. Additionally, a DUI conviction will cost you thousands of dollars and put you at risk for getting behind on bills. Depending on your career, it’s quite possible that job loss could be another consequence. Individuals working in the medical and education fields are most at risk. Those losing their commercial driver’s license could also be out of a job.
So, while a DUI conviction will not affect your credit, per se, it will indirectly contribute to your credit rating by adding a hefty financial burden to your life and by making it likely you will get behind on existing bills. When factoring in the cost of upfront fines, towing, increased insurance premiums, an ignition interlock installation, court fees, legal advice and bail money, the money needed at once can be well over $5,000. To come up with this money, some may need to maximize the available credit limit on credit cards, further putting them at risk of paying day to day bills and inadvertently jeopardizing their credit rating.
With a DUI conviction far-reaching into all areas of your life and much to lose, it’s imperative to seek legal guidance from a skilled Miami DUI attorney. By being proactive in contacting a legal professional, you are helping to minimize the detrimental effects a DUI charge can have on your future.