Getting a DUI under any circumstance can have a drastic impact on your life. Though you’re likely aware of many of the potential penalties you may face upon conviction, you may wonder whether it can impact your ability to travel abroad. Read on and reach out to an Allegheny County DUI lawyer from our firm to learn more.
Can a DUI make it so I can no longer travel abroad?
In short, yes. Many countries refuse to admit those who’ve been convicted of DUI/DWI into their country, even for a short vacation. For example, once you have a DUI on your record, you will likely no longer be allowed to travel to Canada for at least 10 years, as Canada treats all DUIs as felony charges. Additionally, those with DUIs on their record (within the last 10 years) may also be turned away at the southern border. Mexico does tend to focus more on felony DUI charges, but admission into the country will depend on the discretion of the individual border officer.
How else can a DUI impact my life?
Unfortunately, DUI charges can have a drastic impact on virtually all facets of a person’s life, in addition to their ability to travel abroad. Just some of the other ways in which a DUI can impact your life are as follows:
- You may lose your job or have a hard time finding a new job, as you will have to answer “yes” on job applications when asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
- You will likely face higher insurance rates for a period of several years.
- You will likely go to jail for a period of days, months, or even years.
- You will most likely have to attend various alcohol education classes, at your own cost, such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
- You may have to install and use the ignition interlock device in your vehicle, at your own cost.
- You may have difficulty securing housing, as a DUI will likely go on your criminal record, and landlords often conduct background checks before allowing a tenant to rent or lease the property.
- You will most likely have your driver’s license suspended for a period of months or years. This can prevent you from commuting to work, doctor’s appointments, or even visiting friends.
- You may have to attend court-mandated drug or alcohol counseling.
These are just some of the additional impacts a DUI can have on your life. Rather obviously, if you are charged with a DUI, retaining the services of a competent DUI lawyer is paramount. Our firm is here to fight your charges at every turn.