Effects Of A DUI Conviction


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If you have been found guilty of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, your penalties can include license suspension, jail, fines and/or an interlock device on your car. But they don’t stop there. The effects of a DUI conviction are far-reaching – and extremely damaging.


A DUI conviction will have an impact in your car insurance rates. You will see a significant monthly increase in what you have to pay, and your insurer may even drop you.

Criminal Record And Background Check

One of the highest prices you pay for a DUI conviction is that it will become part of your criminal record – and it can be seen by anyone who does a background check on you.


An increasing number of companies run background checks on job applicants. If a prospective employer finds that you have a DUI conviction, it may be the factor that causes them to choose a competing candidate over you.

You may also see negative repercussions from your current employer if you are found guilty of DUI. They may become concerned that you will show up for work drunk and have less trust in your reliability.

If you are a government worker or you work for a government contractor and have a security clearance, a DUI conviction may lower the level of that clearance. You will also find it more difficult to get a job at an agency or firm where you need a security clearance.

Having a DUI on your criminal record can make it hard for you to keep or get a job in some professions.


A DUI on your criminal record can make it more difficult for you to be admitted to the college of your choice. If you are already a student, a university may suspend you for having a DUI conviction. You may also have your scholarship withdrawn and you may be required to take a substance abuse program. If you are convicted for driving under the influence of illegal drugs, you may not be able to get a student loan.

How A Lawyer Will Help

When you are up against DUI charges, you need an attorney who will stand by you every step of the way, work hard to discredit any evidence – and work with you to determine your best course of action.

Pennsylvania DUI Law

DUI is described and defined under The Pennsylvania Code under Title 75, Chapter 38. Read the code here.

Questions? Contact us today.

Based on the evidence, Fienman Defense will try to get your DUI charges dismissed or lowered. Should the case go to trial, we will fight to present the strongest defense possible for your situation.