How Could a DUI Conviction Affect Your Future?

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Being charged with a DUI is serious, but being convicted of one can have permanent consequences for your career, your driving privileges, and many other aspects of your life. Unlike some other driving-related charges that might lead to a temporary license suspension or a few points on your license, a DUI conviction can interfere with your day-to-day life in a much more serious way. How could a conviction impact your future?


Maryland is an “at will” state for employment, which means that you can be hired or fired for virtually any reason (other than select protected ones) or without cause at all. Depending on where you work and what your specific contract states, your job might also have the right to immediate termination in the event that you are convicted of any crime or specific crimes. If you apply for jobs in the future that require a background check, you should also expect your DUI conviction to show on your record.


After your DUI conviction, you might find it much more challenging to find car insurance or keep your premium low. In some cases, insurance companies elect to cancel the policy entirely based on the driver’s complete driving record. In other cases, you can expect your premium to increase a great deal, as much as twice or triple what you are paying now.

Ignition Interlock Program

The state of Maryland requires drivers with a DUI conviction to participate in a program known as the ignition interlock program. As part of your participation, an ignition interlock device will be installed in your vehicle. This device measures your breath for alcohol content. If your breath contains a level of alcohol higher than that which the device allows, you will not be able to start the vehicle at all. Every time you get in the car, you must blow into this device.

License Loss

There are a variety of consequences that you can face for a DUI conviction, and Maryland has harsher consequences for those with multiple convictions. Even if it is your first time being convicted, you might lose your license for a period of up to two years in accordance with state regulations. For subsequent offenses, you can expect to lose the privilege of driving in the state even longer or permanently.

Learn More About the Aftermath of a DUI Conviction from The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence

If you are concerned about your DUI charges and the potential consequences of a DUI conviction in Maryland, choose an experienced firm like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence to give you the help you need.  Please give us a call at 443.352.3201. Skype and telephone consultation are both available to clients.

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