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What Are Some Lesser Known DUI Consequences?

Getting charged with a DUI can lead to various consequences beyond monetary penalties, license suspension, or incarceration. Additional complications may arise from a DUI conviction, extending beyond the immediate legal repercussions. In this regard, we have assembled a brief compilation of other potential complications that individuals may face as a consequence of being convicted of a DUI offense.

  • That DUI conviction is going to follow you everywhere you go for the rest of your life. You can’t get it expunged or sealed unless your charges are dismissed. It sucks, but the DUI will always be there in your background.
  • Your car insurance payments will go up, probably by a significant amount. If you have life or health insurance, those also go up.
  • You might not be able to travel to some countries, such as Canada. This can affect you in both the personal and business sense.
  • If you leave or return to the United States, you can be delayed at customs or even prohibited altogether from travel.
  • You must always check “Yes” on the past criminal convictions box for job applications.
  • You could be denied a concealed weapons permit.
  • You could lose a CDL.
  • You might be discharged or denied future advancement if you are in the military.
  • If you are a doctor or dentist, your license may be suspended until you have been rehabilitated for drug or alcohol dependency.
  • If you are a college athlete, you could lose your scholarships. You may face other sanctions from your school, as well.
  • If you are looking for a loan, your interest rates may be higher.
  • You may be denied the ability to rent an apartment if the owners consider you a high-risk tenant.
  • Your DUI can be used as leverage in a child custody battle.
  • People can view your arrest record on the Internet.
  • You might have to install and pay for an ignition interlock device, costing $50 per month for up to two years.
  • If you are caught driving on a suspended license, your car could be impounded, and you will have additional criminal charges and potential jail time to face.

There are dozens more reasons to avoid drunk driving, but if it is too late for you and you’ve already been arrested, you must speak to a DUI lawyer. Doing so could help reduce your charges, preventing some of the horrible consequences listed above.


Exploring the lesser-known consequences of DUI reveals many potential challenges that extend beyond the immediate legal ramifications. As legal professionals, Thomas & Ahnell, LLC plays a crucial role in navigating these complexities and safeguarding individuals facing DUI charges. Beyond the obvious legal penalties, individuals may encounter professional setbacks, increased insurance premiums, and social stigma that can persist long after the legal case concludes. Moreover, the impact on one’s personal and professional reputation may not be easily mitigated. Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, with their expertise in DUI defense, is well-equipped to guide individuals through the intricate web of consequences, providing comprehensive legal support to minimize the potential long-term repercussions of DUI charges.

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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