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There’s more to Consider: Understanding the Collateral Consequences of DUI

| Feb 23, 2016 | Drunk Driving (DUI)

When driving home after having a few drinks, the flashing lights of a police cruiser in the rearview mirror is the last thing you want to see. If that final drink of the evening was one too many, you could be facing serious legal consequences that could affect you for years to come.

It’s no secret that a DUI arrest is a serious matter that can have a significant impact on your criminal record, but the consequences of a drunk driving conviction go beyond a few nights in jail, fines or a loss of your driving privileges.

A DUI could cost you your job

At the Law Office of Robert D. Anderson, we help clients in Northern Virginia understand how a DUI could impact their lives personally as well as professionally. For some it’s an embarrassing moment they want to keep hidden from friends, family or their employer. For others, a conviction could result in the loss of a certified driver’s license (CDL) or security clearance at work.

Some other collateral consequences of a DUI include:

  • An arrest could compromise your ability to obtain or retain custody of your children during divorce or a child custody dispute
  • For young people, an arrest could limit numerous educational and career opportunities such as athletic or academic scholarships and competitive internships
  • A tarnished criminal record could make it difficult to find a job, particularly if you need to drive or operate company vehicles and machinery
  • A DUI can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket

As your representatives, we will take the time to listen to your side of the story, review the evidence and take appropriate steps to minimize harmful exposure and protect your rights.

Rather than simply accept the charges, you can and should fight back. We will help you build a strong defense.