DUI Defense

A DUI conviction can sideline your plans for the future

By March 6, 2020March 9th, 2020No Comments

If you are under the age of 21, you no doubt have many plans for your future. How would those plans change if you have a conviction for drunk driving?

A DUI mark on your record follows you and casts a long shadow over your future.

Understanding a first offense

If your driving record is free of DUIs, you should understand that the experience can be alarming in itself, to say nothing of the penalties that you face if convicted. A first offense is a misdemeanor, but a driver under the age of 21 does not get off lightly. You will pay a fine of up to $1,000, perform at least 20 hours of community service and spend 24 hours to 12 months in jail. Furthermore, you could lose your driver’s license for up to 12 months.

Looking at education difficulties

If you are a college student, you may plan to attend graduate school. You may also need certification for your chosen career. Because college administrators normally perform background checks on their applicants, a DUI conviction on your record may make acceptance to the school of your choice difficult. In addition, you will not receive approval for the state license or certification you need to enter certain professions such as education, law or medicine.

Applying for a new position

Even if you have no criminal history other than a first-offense DUI, the common practice of performing background checks makes applying for new employment problematic. A recruiter has to decide as to your trustworthiness and may choose a candidate with a clean record, even if you have the preferred job qualifications.

Dealing with other issues

With a DUI conviction, you may find it difficult to rent an apartment or obtain a bank loan. Your auto insurance agency may regard you as a high-risk driver and either cancel your policy or issue a new one at a much higher rate. On the personal side, how will your DUI conviction affect your family and friends? Will they see you in a different light? All things considered, if arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you face an uncertain future, and you will want the best outcome possible for your case.


From I-75: Exit at the Highway 120 (South Marietta Parkway) (Exit #263) and follow the signs to KSU Marietta Campus.

You will be headed west and cross over Cobb Parkway (US 41).

Continue until you get to the intersection with Atlanta Street.

At the traffic light turn right onto Atlanta St. (going north).

Atlanta Street will take you straight to the Marietta Square.

Prior to entering the Square, you will see Anderson Street a block before the Square.

Turn Right onto Anderson Street. The Lawyer’s Building will be on your right.