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3 ways a DUI conviction could harm your family

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | DUI |

It is normal to wonder what will happen to you if the police arrest you for driving under the influence of alcohol (or drugs). You know you could face costly expenses or perhaps even jail time.

Those convicted on DUI charges can expect these consequences, but the toll of a conviction stretches farther than you may think. If you are not single, your family could suffer if you are convicted.

Financial hardships

First-time DUI convictions can end up costing $15,000 or more, putting a massive strain on family finances. Some of the expenses you may be responsible for are discussed below.

  • Court costs
  • License reinstatement fees
  • Ignition interlock device installation
  • Mandatory alcohol education

Your auto insurance premiums will likely rise after a DUI conviction, imposing more financial burdens on your family.

Marital hardships

Excessive alcohol or drug consumption alone can threaten a family’s harmony, and substance use-related legal problems add even more strain. Marital relations often suffer after a DUI arrest, especially if it is not the first time. For example, your spouse may harbor anger and resentment against you for excessive drinking (and driving).

Child-related hardships

A DUI can also affect your relationship with your children. Older kids often feel embarrassed and angry after a parental DUI. Smaller kids may wonder about the changes in family dynamics. For example, if you lose your license and can no longer drive your children to school or activities, they may want to know why.

Many believe they cannot prevent conviction after a DUI arrest, but this is not always so, especially if the police made a mistake or violated your rights. Learn more about your DUI defense options in Kentucky instead of leaving the matter to chance.