When you think of DUI charges, you might think about jail time or fines. What you might not consider are all the ways that a DUI can affect you outside court. Issues such as marital problems, problems with your job, higher insurance costs and financial difficulties can all make your DUI even more difficult to deal with.

Of the problems a DUI can bring, the destruction of your career is one to watch out for. While many people are lucky and don’t need to drive specifically for work, those who do may lose their licensing or be unable to complete their job while awaiting a conditional license. If your license is suspended and you’re a commercial driver, you could find that your employer doesn’t want to keep you on board any longer.

Some workplaces have mandatory firing policies, which is something to watch out for. If your employer has one, a conviction could lead to job loss.

Even if your DUI doesn’t lead to the loss of your job, it can make it harder for you to get there. Your car insurance may become more expensive, and you might have to rely on others to get you to and from work until you can drive again.

Beyond your job, you could find that you have other issues, too. Initially, you’ll have many bills associated with the DUI, like paying for bail or increased insurance rates. You might have to pay fines or pay for diversion program.

Overall, your DUI may have an impact financially, socially and for your career, but you can work to minimize the risk by fighting the DUI charge with the help of your attorney. Our website has more information on what to do if you’re accused of a DUI.