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The Negative Effects of a DUI Conviction

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) as it is termed in Rhode Island is one of the more serious non-violent offenses that one can commit. According to the website of The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., Rhode Island has some of the toughest DUI laws in the US. Being charged with a DUI is bad enough, but getting convicted is a whole new ballgame altogether. Aside from the black mark it will leave on one’s record, it also carries jail time, fines and suspension or revocation of one’s license. At the very least, a DUI conviction can be a source of inconvenience for any driver because of the loss of driving privileges or the need for an ignition interlock device.

These are just the most obvious negative effects of a DUI conviction, especially if it is not the first offense. For some people it can mean extreme hardship in earning their living, such as those who have a commercial driving license (CDL). A DUI conviction precludes the renewal of a CDL, and for truck drivers and bus drivers, this means they will have to find another profession. This can put a serious strain on their finances as well as become a source of marital stress which may lead to relationship problems, separation, and divorce.

Even for those who are not CDL holders, a felony DUI conviction may also bar one from certain professions that requires a clean record, as well as affect travel to other countries. One cannot afford to take a DUI charge lightly; it is essential that one acts quickly to prevent it from escalating into a conviction. Experienced DUI lawyers know how to handle DUI cases so that they can mount a suitable defense. What is important is to submit to a field sobriety test when required. If you are charged with DUI, admit nothing and volunteer no information until you have consulted with a competent lawyer.