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Long-Term Effects of a DUI Conviction in Tennessee

Posted on in DUI/DWI

Knoxville DUI Defense LawyerMany people may be aware of the immediate impacts of being charged and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). Even if you did not cause an accident and no one else was injured, you are still facing mandatory jail time, fines, driver’s license revocation, and other impacts. However, once you have served your time, paid your fines, and earned your license back, your DUI charge could still affect your life for years to come, and possibly in ways that you do not expect. Having an experienced DUI lawyer who can challenge the charges or work to get the charges reduced may help you avoid the worst.

Drunk Driving Charges in Tennessee

Outside of the immediate impacts of a DUI charge and conviction, there are repercussions that may still impact your life years down the road. Here are examples of some of the longer-term effects a DUI conviction can have:

  • Criminal record - In Tennessee, a conviction for a DUI cannot be expunged from your criminal record. Future employers who run criminal background checks will see your conviction. You may be automatically disqualified from jobs in law enforcement or jobs that require you to have a commercial driver’s license. Additionally, you may have trouble getting a student loan, impacting your ability to attend a college or other educational institution.
  • Insurance effects – After a DUI conviction, your auto insurance rates will certainly go up. Your life insurance and health insurance rates are likely to rise as well. Additional insurance will be harder to get and potentially more expensive to secure. For your auto insurance, you will be required to carry high-risk insurance, known as SR-22, until your full driving privileges are reinstated.
  • Travel and immigration issues - For United States citizens convicted of a DUI, travel abroad may become problematic. Some countries, including Canada, have restrictions on entrance for those who have DUI convictions. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a DUI conviction could impact your naturalization process, delay a green card renewal, lead to a green card being denied, or even be grounds for deportation.

Contact an Oak Ridge DUI Defense Attorney

A conviction for a DUI is not something that will go away quickly once you have paid your initial debt. For you and your future, if you are charged with a DUI you need to call an experienced Knoxville DUI attorney at The Law Office of William F. Evans. Call us at 423-449-7980 for your free initial consultation and to learn how we can help you to fight the charges.

 

Sources:

https://www.tn.gov/safety/publicsafety/duioutline.html

https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-402?language=en_US

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