Choices and Consequences of DUI
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the many common criminal offenses in America. In the video, the main character was driving under the influence which led to an accident. It was wrong for the character to drive while in an impaired condition. However, he was right to accept to undergo through the entire conviction process including doing community service so that he may be cleared free. Many conscientious drivers including the one with clean records have found themselves convicted for driving under the influence and had to endure both DUI’s short-term and long-term consequences. DUI short-run effects include fees and fines, short jail time, mandatory participation in drunk driving educational programs, high insurance premiums, and temporary suspension of the driver’s license. DUI long-term consequences can ruin someone life completely since some of the ramifications can run for years. If I am convicted of DUI offense, even after meeting the legal obligations and paying the fines, the conviction will affect my future opportunities negatively, and the impacts may continue to haunt me in the rest of my life.DUI offense may lead to revocation of driving license. Once I am convicted of DUI, my driving license may be revoked for two years. The repercussions emanating from the suspension of the driving license will make it difficult for me to get to work, and I may lose my job if my work requirements hold that I should drive. Being denied freedom to drive will also be stressful, because it means I will not be able to run a small errand, visit my family members and attending social activities may be challenging. The frustrations and getting late to work may affect my job performance, and as a result, I may end up being fired.
Being a convict of DUI means I will be on compulsory high insurance rates. Insurance companies usually increase automobile rates for the drivers who have been convicted of DUI since they consider them as “high risk.” I may incur high insurance costs in several years because my rates may double or triple. Besides, some insurance companies may not be willing to cover my car; my current insurer may even terminate my coverage.
DUI conviction will have a negative reputation on my professionalism and employment. It has been argued that arrest for DUI offense alone can destroy someone relationship with employer or coworkers. I may try to hide my arrest and conviction, but the media can publicize them; hence staining my reputation. Worse of all if the company policy is against DUI conviction, then I may lose my job. Additionally, my current job will be put in risk since I will have to attend court, serve jail time and offer community service. If I am a job seeker, I may stay unemployed in my entire life bearing in mind that DUI conviction records have already destroyed my image. Besides, many employers do not feel comfortable employing applicants who have been convicted of DUI offenses.Based on the readings and video used to complete this essay, DUI conviction may be detrimental and cause life haunting effects on the victim. Being denied the opportunity to drive hinders someone from meeting basic things in life. The DUI will also increase the cost of insuring my car since I will be compelled to pay twice or thrice the average price. Besides, my current insurance company may terminate my coverage. Finally, DUI will have negative impacts on my professionalism and employment. If I am employed, I am be fired, and if I am a job seeker, I may never get hired. The consequences attributable to the DUI conviction serves as a warning sign to me and others never to drive under the influence.