In the event you are pulled over for DUI, your first concerns will likely be the potential for criminal penalties, including jail time, fines and a damaging criminal record. Immediately after an arrest, it is important to remember that you still have rights and the potential to defeat the charges waged against you. Once convicted, you will likely face a host of other consequences in your personal and professional life. As the recent cases involving Alabama football players demonstrates, your DUI could follow you long after your sentence is completed.
The University of Alabama football coach has been criticized for not taking more severe disciplinary action against six players who were convicted of crimes, including two DUIs. The players convicted of the most recent DUIs were suspended from activities, but have not been kicked off the team. These cases are a reminder that a DUI can have additional consequences beyond criminal penalties. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are experienced in providing strategic advocacy and counsel to individuals who have been pulled over and arrested for drinking and driving. We understand the immediate and long-term consequences of a DUI and will pursue every available defense to avoid conviction.
To prevent the fallout of a DUI, it is best to formulate a strategic defense from the outset. Here are some of the ways that a DUI could impact your life in the future:
Missed educational opportunities: Young offenders could face challenges when applying to college, graduate school, law school, medical school or occupational training. Even older offenders could miss out on potential opportunities with a DUI on record. Remember that a DUI can be damaging to your personal record and limit your future academic and professional opportunities.
Loss of driver’s license: In addition to criminal charges, you will likely face administrative penalties, including the loss of your Alabama driver’s license. Immediately after you are charged, your license will be suspended. However, an experienced advocate can help with reinstatement.
Job penalties: Depending on whether your employer finds out, you could face job penalties. Some positions require a driver’s license. Suspension or jail time could prohibit you from going to work and cost you a job.
Personal life and reputation: In addition to professional losses, your reputation is at stake. You may not be able to drive your children to school or their scheduled activities. There will often be lasting stigma associated with jail time, loss of license or other penalties. Challenging a DUI is the best way to protect your family from the damage caused by a conviction.
The best way to prevent disciplinary action and the lasting consequences of a DUI is to mount an aggressive defense immediately after your arrest. An experienced attorney can review the facts and evidence in your case, determine if your arrest adhered to the law, and find any holes in the prosecution’s case. In some instances, breathalyzer evidence, blood tests and other improperly administered field sobriety tests can be thrown out. Once evidence becomes inadmissible, it is difficult for a prosecutor to successfully pursue a DUI conviction.