A New Orleans DUI conviction can sideline your plans for the future

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We all have plans for the future. 

But how would those plans change if you have a conviction for drunk driving? A DUI mark on your record follows you and casts a long shadow over your future.

Our New Orleans DUI attorneys at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias are here to help.

Understanding a DUI first offense in New Orleans

If your driving record is free of DUIs, the experience can be alarming in itself – to say nothing of the penalties that you face if convicted. 

A first DUI offense in Louisiana is a misdemeanor, but that doesn’t mean convicted drivers get off lightly. 

Penalties could include any or all of the following:

  • Minimum fine of $300 and a maximum of $1,000
  • Minimum jail time of 10 days and maximum of 6 months
  • Up to two years’ probation
  • Community service of at least 32 hours

Underage drivers with a Louisiana DUI

What if you are under the age of 21 when your DUI occurs?

If you are a college student, you may plan to attend graduate school. You may also need certification for your chosen career. 

Because college administrators normally perform background checks on their applicants, a DUI conviction on your record may make acceptance to the school of your choice difficult. 

In addition, you will not receive approval for the state license or certification you need to enter certain professions such as education, law, or medicine.

How a New Orleans DUI Can Affect Your Career

Even if you have no criminal history other than a first-offense DUI, the common practice of performing background checks makes applying for new employment problematic. 

A recruiter has to decide as to your trustworthiness and may choose a candidate with a clean record, even if you have the preferred job qualifications.

In addition to penal, educational, and employment issues, there are other factors that could be affected by a DUI conviction, as well. 

  1. With a DUI conviction, you may find it difficult to rent an apartment or obtain a bank loan. 
  2. Your auto insurance agency may regard you as a high-risk driver and either cancel your policy or issue a new one at a much higher rate. 
  3. Your social life might suffer — Will your family and friends see you in a different light? 

Contact Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias New Orleans DUI Attorneys Today

In sum, if arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you face an uncertain future, and you will want the best outcome possible for your case. That’s why our team at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias does our best to provide relentless and aggressive defense. Contact us today to get started on your case.

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile