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Surprising Facts About an Arizona DUI

Are you facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Phoenix or anywhere else in Maricopa County? If so, it’s important that you’re aware that the consequences go far beyond the license suspension, the jail sentence, the fines, the Ignition Interlock Device (IID), the alcohol education or treatment, the community service, and the criminal record.

Unfortunately, there are many ways that a DUI can affect one’s life, and the average person hasn’t a clue about these ramifications. For this reason, our firm fights hard to defend our clients against DUI charges, whether they’re drug or alcohol-related, or both. If you’re facing DUI charges, we want you to be aware of these other effects, which include:

  • A DUI can affect employment opportunities for years to come. One reason is because DUIs come up on background checks. If an employer has a strict policy against hiring people with criminal records, the DUI can be a deal breaker. Also, certain occupations frown heavily upon DUI. These include jobs that involve children, driving, medicine, real estate, notary work, and many more.
  • A DUI can lead to the denial of a professional license. If you’re looking to work in the fields of nursing, law, medicine, real estate, or another specialty field, you could be denied a professional license if you have a recent DUI conviction.
  • If you’re in high school or college, please understand that a DUI can affect college scholarships, college entrance, and the ability to play college sports.
  • A DUI can lead to the denial of security clearance.
  • A DUI can affect a military career. It can lead to a rank and pay reduction and destroy all hope of certain types of promotions. It can also prevent someone from joining the Armed Forces.
  • A DUI can affect child custody, especially if the DUI defendant is in the middle of a child custody battle or a divorce.
  • A DUI can prevent someone from travelling to Canada for 10 years, even if they were convicted of misdemeanor DUI.
  • A drug-related DUI or a felony DUI can lead to removal proceedings (deportation) for lawful permanent residents.

To learn about the basic penalties for an Arizona DUI, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation’s website. To start fighting your DUI charges, contact us today!