Everyone knows that there are consequences for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). When people think of these consequences they generally think of court fines, the installation of ignition interlock devices, and even potential jail time. However, there can be other consequences that are a lot less talked about. Many people find themselves embarrassed that they misjudged the situation and made a mistake. This, accompanied with the potential loss or stifling of freedom, often leads to regret, shame and depression.
Depression is a serious condition that can affect anyone convicted of a DUI. Even those who have the option of getting a limited license feel the constriction on personal freedom and mobility, which can add to feelings of depression. Coping with a DUI and the depression is an important part of moving on with life. DUI offenders may need to consider personal motivations for driving drunk and try to deal with the problem one step at a time. A trained counselor may be one helpful way to do this.
Coping with a DUI conviction is a financial burden. There are concerns with higher insurance premiums, cost of maintaining an ignition interlock device and the costs associated with a criminal court case. Many DUIs are now being prosecuted as felonies and as more people have access to criminal records, this can hold DUI offenders back in several ways. DUI offenders may be less likely to get a job or even a house because of the felony criminal charges. A DUI conviction can impact a person’s financial life for years, causing a “snowball effect” of burdening financial obligations and restrictions.
It is important to remember that mistakes are made in life. A person’s life is not determined by these mistakes, but by how well mistakes are handled. Coping with a DUI conviction can be difficult, but it is not impossible to rise above it and move forward.