Although many people would like to assume that the impact of a DWI ends once you pay fines or complete a sentence, the reality is that there are many ways in which a DWI could affect you even after you’ve resolved it.
Socially, you may run into problems that you weren’t expecting. For example, if you are a doctor, word of your DWI could spread among your patients. You may see people leave your practice because of your history, even though you haven’t done anything to harm them.
At home, you may find that your spouse is tired of dealing with the financial implications of the DWI. They may be upset by what happened and now lack trust in you. These issues could impact your marriage negatively and potentially even lead to a divorce.
As for friends and family? Disappointment is common when someone is convicted of a DWI. Even if you’re only arrested, there may be some social fallout because others will be upset by what happened.
A DWI can affect you in the long-term
It’s the reality that a DWI could affect you for many years to come. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to seek help the moment you realize that you are facing DWI charges.
Your reputation could be badly damaged by the arrest, a news report about what happened, a conviction and other aspects of your case. For that reason, it’s a good idea to talk to your defense attorney about taking action to protect your reputation and minimize coverage of the DWI in newspapers or online. This is of particular importance if you are someone in the public eye.
Of course, one of the best things to do is to fight against the allegations. If you can successfully defend yourself in court, then you won’t have a DWI on your record and can inform others who may ask that you were found innocent or that the charges were dropped.
Every case is unique. With the right approach, it may be possible to minimize the social impact yours has on your relationships and life.