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The Hidden Consequences Of A DWI Conviction

You probably already know that charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious. You are likely already aware that a conviction for a first offense could lead to driver's license suspension, fines and a minimum of 48 hours in jail with the possibility of up to six months behind bars. What you may not know is that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are some of the hidden consequences that people face when convicted of drunk driving in Louisiana:

Court costs, fees and surcharges: The fine for DWI is expensive, but you will also be spending money on other costs as well.

Classes: You may be required to take many hours worth of classes on substance abuse, driving and more. You will have to pay for these classes too.

Ignition interlock device: You may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. This is a device that you will have to blow into to verify that you are not intoxicated before the vehicle can be operated. Of course, you will have to pay to rent the device and have it installed.

Insurance premiums: Insurance companies take notice when serious traffic laws are broken. DWI convictions can lead to substantial increases in insurance premiums. Over time, this increase may end up costing you more than the initial fine.

Criminal record: The DWI conviction will be on your record. It will be visible to potential employers and other parties. If you drive for a living, this will obviously impact your career prospects. Even if you do not, it could prove harmful.

What You Can Do

Take a DWI charge seriously. Be aware that the consequences can reverberate through your life and take the appropriate action. These charges can be fought, and you can benefit from the experience of a drunk driving defense lawyer who can help you minimize the impact this will have on your future. 

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