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Why DWI Convictions are More Serious Than You Think

Jurisdictions and states are clearly aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated. In fact, it is illegal almost anywhere you go. If you are drunk, you may get involved in an accident because the influence of alcohol can limit your physical and mental faculties. It is worse if an innocent party, like a passenger, another driver, or a pedestrian, has been involved because of your recklessness.

DWI charges can have severe consequences, such as fines, license suspensions and revocations, jail times, and installations of ignition interlocks. But these consequences are more serious than you realize.

Fines can be financial burdens. According to the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., fines can reach up to $10,000, at least in Westchester. The average American may not have instant access to that kind of money.

License suspensions and revocations are even worse. They take away your privilege to drive, so you should think of another way to get around. This can have a ripple effect in your life. Taking public transportation can be very tiring, and you arrive at school or work with limited energy, compromising your ability to be productive. Public transportation also doesn’t have the convenience of driving your own vehicle, so it may be harder for you to do errands, like grocery shopping.

Ignition interlocks are not as bad as license issues, but they are still inconvenient. You will need to have the proper blood alcohol content before your ignition even starts, and there are instances where you need to check your blood alcohol content again even while you are already on the road.

Jail times are arguably one of the worst consequences. They do not just make you miss time at work, as they may even be the reason why you are fired. Worse, those with DWI convictions may find it harder to get jobs, because employers can be biased against those with any kind of conviction. This is even worse if those convicted are in the driving industries such as delivery and trucking services.

The direct consequences of fines, license issues, jail times, and ignition interlocks are already bad in themselves. But their effects on other aspects of your life, such as convenience of getting around the city and the limitations in employment opportunities, are even worse.

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