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What are the long-term consequences of drunk driving?

Everyone makes mistakes. There's no one person out there who is perfect. Sometimes those mistakes can be tragic. It doesn't mean that the mistake has to ruin your life. A common mistake made in Colorado Springs is drunk driving. Too many times, drunk drivers are involved in accidents that cause injury and even death. So, what are the long-term consequences of drunk driving for the offender?

One of the biggest consequences of being convicted of drunk driving is that it will appear on a criminal background check. These checks are typically performed when you apply for a job. Having this offense appear on your record could prevent you from obtaining work, especially if you will be required to drive a company vehicle as part of the job.

Drivers who have been convicted of a drunk driving charge will see their automotive insurance rates increase. These drivers are placed into a category known as 'high-risk.' If your coverage is not terminated by the carrier, it will likely double or triple in price.

Being charged and convicted of drunk driving will lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. A first offense could bring with it two years of revocation. This means you will not legally be able to drive a vehicle. Instead, you will need to take public transportation or rely on friends and family to drive you places.

If you are facing a charge of driving under the influence in Colorado, you need to know what to expect legally. If you don't prepare for what's to come, you could find yourself paying hefty fines and spending quite a bit of time behind bars.

Source: BACtrack, "Long-term DUI Consequences," accessed Feb. 13, 2018

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