Being convicted of drunk driving can seriously damage your future prospects, not to mention putting considerable strain on both you and your family. Depending on the severity of the charges against you, the penalties could include the suspension of your driver's license, hefty fines or even a prison term. You could also lose your job or struggle to find future employment.
Such a conviction could even impact the apartments you are permitted to live in or the college you are accepted into. In some cases, your car could be fitted with an ignition interlock device or you could be required to wear an alcohol monitor on your ankle. This places limits on your freedom, even without you going to prison.
Previous convictions can put you at risk of even harsher sentencing, as we saw in a previous article. However, if you are facing drunk driving charges, an attorney may be able to help you. He or she can interview you to find the precise details of the case and see if they match up with the charges against you. Furthermore, an attorney is likely to review police reports in order to get a clearer picture of the police and prosecution's stance on your case.
By explaining the legal process and the charges against you, he or she may be able to help you prepare for the courtroom and stand by you as you work to avoid conviction and preserve your future. See our page on drunk driving charges if you would like to know more about the help that may be available to you.