A DUI arrest is a good way to get your name and picture in the newspaper, but probably not the way you would prefer. You can easily avoid the shame, stress, expense, and long-term social and career consequences associated with a DUI arrest and potential conviction. By simply monitoring your blood alcohol content (BAC) before you get behind the wheel of your car, you can be confident that your job, your health, and your good name will be intact when you arrive home. BACtrack breathalyzers offer you an affordable, convenient, and highly reliable way to measure your BAC levels and drink responsibly. 

Long-term Consequences of a DUI Arrest

Most of us are aware that a DUI arrest has many negative consequences. Not only is a DUI charge frightening, stressful, and expensive, it can also endanger your driving privileges, jeopardize your employment, and lead to incarceration. It can even impact your personal freedom. 

But until you’re socked with a DUI, you may not consider the extent to which it can damage your and haunt your personal and professional life. Your reputation is one of your most important and valuable assets. And loss of your reputation, which you worked so hard and so long to build, can be one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face. Even if you aren’t guilty, the stigma of a DUI arrest can harm your reputation and opportunities for years afterwards. Background checks are easier than ever and may be used by a potential employer, a prospective landlord, or someone you’re dating. A person doing a background check need go no further than the Internet to find information about your arrest.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but publication of your mug shot in the local media may not be a message you want to send. Contrary to the legal notion that a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty, an arrest for suspected DUI can have the same long-term damaging impact on your reputation and employment prospects as a conviction. 

You Can’t Erase the Internet

DUI arrests are usually disclosed to the public in the local media, including both newspapers and websites, whether or not the charges have any factual or legal basis. While the newspaper may end up in the recycling bin a few days after your arrest, online accounts may be discovered by a romantic interest, creditor, landlord, educational institution, prospective employer, or professional licensing agency for years afterwards by simply Googling your name. 

If your arrest is expunged or cleared from your record, you are legally allowed to say that the arrest never occurred on documents such as job or rental applications, depending on the laws in your state. However, the availability of, and universal access to your arrest record on the Internet can result in long-lasting repercussions. 

In addition, some organizations have launched efforts to publicly shame those arrested for DUI and discourage others from drinking and driving by posting announcements of DUI arrests on their websites. 

A DUI arrest and conviction can include the following long-term effects:
  • Damage to personal relationships 
  • Loss of your current job
  • Hardship in getting a new job
  • Career roadblocks
  • Hindered educational opportunities 
  • Limited access to housing
Limited or revoked driving privileges 
Ostracism by colleagues, friends, family members, and neighbors

Protect your Reputation

By monitoring your alcohol consumption with a BACtrack breathalyzer and making sure you are at 0.00% BAC before you get in your car, you can spare yourself from rigorous personal and professional upheavals and safeguard your good name.

Updated January 2013 by
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