If an officer stopped you on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, an arrest may be your first such interaction with the law. 

You undoubtedly have plans for your future but a DWI mark on your record could affect your life in many ways. 

Education issues

If you are a young driver planning to attend college or graduate school, a DWI conviction might make it difficult for you to enter the school of your choice. It may also prevent you from acquiring the state licensing or certification you need to enter certain professions, such as law, medicine or education. 

Employment concerns

If your job requires you to drive, your employer could terminate you in light of the DWI conviction. Since employers routinely perform background checks on applicants, you might find job hunting difficult with this mark on your record. 

SR22 insurance

Driver’s license suspension is one of the penalties that accompanies a conviction for DWI. To reinstate your driving privileges, you will have to show proof of auto insurance. A DWI conviction would require you to carry an SR22 policy, a special kind of insurance that is more expensive than a traditional policy. 

Your rights

The legal process may seem overwhelming and you might feel the easiest way out of it is to accept the DWI conviction and move on. Keep in mind that this decision could affect your future goals. Remember that you have rights. The proper defense strategy will help you achieve the best outcome possible when you choose to address the charge made against you. 

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