A DWI has the potential to negatively influence your life in many ways. From causing the people around you to question your choices to struggling to make it to work on time, a DWI has immediate and lasting consequences.
DWIs can take place anywhere and may even happen when you're not in a car. You could get a DWI while driving a boat or even while riding a lawnmower in some situations. Using any vehicle while under the influence puts you in a position where you could be stopped, accused of driving drunk and arrested.
A DWI is one charge that will quickly change your life. Even if you don't end up with a conviction, it may impact your ability to work or could harm your reputation. Your friends or family may be shocked at the arrest, and you might have to miss work or other important parts of your life to go to court.
A DWI is a serious offense that can lead to you losing your license or being unable to work. You may lose your job, see your social life affected, lose financial aid and more.
Driving when intoxicated can quickly cause problems for you. If you cause a crash, you could be charged for harming or killing another person on top of being intoxicated and reckless. Even worse, if you have passengers or children in your vehicle, you could face penalties that are much more significant, going as far as to threaten your ability to keep custody of your child in the most severe cases.
There are many ways that a DWI can change the way your future looks. You might lose your job or have difficulties getting there on time. People around you may develop a negative opinion of you. Financially, you could be stressed by the pressure of paying for the DWI's fines and fees while also trying to keep or find a new job.
After multiple DWIs, and sometimes after only the first, you might be identified as a "problem driver" and face problem driver restrictions. If that's the case, there are some things you should know about the way you'll be able to drive in the future.
In New York, a proposal has been made to lower the DUI alcohol limit. There is some support for doing so, but critics don't believe it's necessary.
The penalties for getting a DWI go far beyond the financial. Socially, you could face repercussions such as a lack of trust or faith in your actions. You could lose your job or have trouble finding work. If you're a student, it could be difficult to get to school or maintain a job.
A DWI changes your future the moment you're convicted. It can start affecting you as soon as the initial arrest, making it hard to get to work or forcing you to miss time from school or work due to court dates.