If you have recently been charged with a DUI in California, you have likely
heard the same circle of consequences: possible jail time, hefty fines,
and losing your license. You could face a few lesser-known consequences
if you are convicted of a DUI. In this blog, our
Ventura DUI attorney has compiled a list of some other consequences and complications you could
face after a DUI conviction.
When you are convicted of a DUI, it is considered a criminal offense and
some countries are extremely strict on whether they allow convicted criminals
into their country. For example, Canada gives their border patrol complete
discretion for allowing foreign nationals who have been convicted of DUI
into the country. Even if you have no plans to drive in the country, you
could be turned away at the border for your DUI conviction. In addition
to being completely barred from entering a country, you could also be
delayed at customs when you are leaving or re-entering the United States
There are many ways a DUI conviction could affect your career. If your
chosen career pathway involves the military, you could be discharged from
your post or be denied from advancing further. When you are searching
for another job, your criminal record will show up on any background check,
and you will have to check the ‘Yes’ box for any past criminal
convictions. Many employers screen out anyone because they have a criminal
past, which means being hired for a stable job will be extremely difficult.
If you are convicted of a DUI as a doctor or a dentist, your professional
license could be suspended until you have completed a rehabilitation program.
In addition to affecting your travel and work life, your DUI conviction
could affect your ability to buy or rent a home. When you apply for a
home loan, you are required to notify the lender whether or not you have
a criminal background; some lenders may increase the interest rates on
their offered loans making it more difficult to purchase a home affordably.
You may also struggle to rent an apartment as some property owners, and
management companies could consider you a high-risk tenant and deny your
application to rent.
DUI Charges Are Serious
If you are facing a DUI conviction in California, it is extremely important
you take these charges seriously. As you now know from the list above,
a DUI conviction can have lasting consequences on your life, which is
why retaining an experienced
Ventura DUI attorney can help you get the outcome you need to move forward with your life.
schedule a free initial consultation today.