Those charged with DWI often need to start over with respect to various facets of their lives. For example, many people need to start over with respect to their careers and some even have to move on from their marriage or long-term relationship as a result of a DWI. If you are facing major life changes as a result of a drunk driving case, you need to address these challenges while remaining focused on legal matters.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it is estimated that more than one million people were apprehended for driving drunk during 2018. For some people, drunk driving charges are disastrous and it is especially challenging to focus on a DWI case because of other problems in life.

How can a DWI affect one’s career?

In terms of your current job and future opportunities, a drunk driving case is often very concerning. Many people find themselves out of work in the wake of a DWI and in some fields, finding another position is extremely difficult (such as jobs which involve going over one’s driving record or criminal background). Some people have an especially challenging time as a result of a shattered reputation, such as religious leaders and politicians.

How can a DWI affect other facets of your life?

Aside from your career, there are other hardships to watch out for if you are facing allegations of driving drunk. If you are married or involved in a long-term relationship, it is important to discuss this issue with your partner. Sometimes, relationships crumble as a direct result of DWI charges or because of various stressors related to a case. Financial problems are also common, especially for those who face stiff fines and lose their primary source of income because of a DWI.