Georgia DUI on Your Record
The effects of a Georgia driving under the influence (DUI) conviction last long after you have served your sentence—you will be burdened with a criminal record that lasts the rest of your life. From your initial drunk-driving arrest to your conviction and sentence, any information related to your case will be reported on your criminal record. And, because this record can be easily accessed by third parties, having a Georgia DUI on your record can affect your future in many ways.
When you are convicted of DUI, your record is stored in two databases: criminal and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). While your DUI will show up on your DMV record for a limited time, your criminal record will remain forever.
Auto insurers typically go back three to five years when you apply for new insurance or renew your current coverage. While your DUI is on your DMV record, you will face increased insurance rates. If your insurer does not provide coverage to DUI offenders, your policy may be cancelled.
Most employers today run a background check before hiring a new employee. If your potential employer requires a flawless record, you may not receive a job offer, even if you possess all of the necessary qualifications. Your current employer can also terminate you if they discover your DUI criminal record.
Employers aren’t the only ones who may access your record—professional licensing boards, government agencies, and even colleges may also run a background check. Once they learn of your DUI conviction, you may be denied important opportunities.
Many people believe that they will be able to have their DUI records expunged; however, this is not the case. The only way to avoid having a drunk-driving conviction on your record is to fight your charges or to win an appeal. That is why hiring a skilled DUI defense lawyer in the first place is so important. Your lawyer will evaluate and investigate your case in order to develop a solid defense strategy. In some cases, your charges may be reduced to a non-DUI disposition, such as reckless driving.
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