Tennessee residents who end up being accused of driving while under the influence can face a number of short and long term consequences if convicted. We at May & McKinney, PLLC will discuss both of these types of consequences and how they can change your life.
Short-term consequences usually involve things like jail sentences, fines and fees, and the need to attend rehabilitation programs or other programs dedicated to alcohol addiction and safe driving. In some instances, you may have to deal with an ignition interlock device being installed in your car. In others, you may have your license suspended, which makes it difficult if you rely on it to get to school or work.
However, there are long-reaching consequences, too. For example, some places like Canada refuse entry for anyone who has a DUI conviction on record. Additionally, DUI convictions can remain on a person's record for quite some time. This may make it harder for you to get a job, especially if your industry involves the operation of vehicles. You may lose your current employment because of a DUI as well. Not only that, but it can impact your ability to get a commercial driver's license and even drive others around casually.
Are you currently facing charges for a DUI-related crime? You can take a look at our webpage here to get a better idea of what you may be up against. Talking to an experienced attorney can help assuage any fears you might have and make the process a little more familiar.