What are the impacts of a DUI charge in Louisiana?

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A DUI charge in Louisiana can have serious social and financial impacts on your life. 

Not only can it lead to legal consequences such as fines and jail time, but it can also affect your job, relationships, and reputation in the community. 

That’s why it’s so important to work with a dedicated team of DUI defense lawyers like our team at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias. We have seen the devastating effects of DUI charges on our clients, and we are committed to fighting for your freedom every step of the way throughout your case. 

In this blog, we’ll cover some of the social and financial impacts of a DUI charge in Louisiana.

Social impacts of a New Orleans DUI charge

There are all kinds of social impacts that a DUI charge can have that differ from the potential legal penalties. These can include:

  • Loss of job: Depending on your profession, a DUI charge can result in the loss of your job. For example, if you hold a commercial driver’s license, a DUI charge can result in the loss of your license and your ability to work in that field. Additionally, if your job requires a security clearance or background check, a DUI charge can affect your ability to keep or obtain that clearance.
  • Damage to reputation: A DUI charge can damage your reputation in the community and among friends and family. It can be embarrassing and difficult to explain to others, and may result in strained relationships with those who view your actions as irresponsible.
  • Strained relationships: A DUI charge can also strain relationships with family and friends, especially if they were present at the time of the arrest or if they were affected by your actions. It can be difficult to repair these relationships, and may require significant effort and communication.

Financial impacts of a DUI charge in Louisiana 

Unfortunately, there can be significant financial consequences of a DUI conviction, as well.

  • Fines and court costs: If convicted of a DUI in Louisiana, you may face significant fines and court costs. In addition, you may be required to attend mandatory alcohol education programs and/or perform community service.
  • Increased insurance rates: A DUI conviction can result in increased insurance rates, making it more expensive to insure your car. This can be particularly burdensome if you’re already struggling financially.
  • Loss of income: If you’re required to serve jail time or attend mandatory alcohol education programs, you may miss work and lose income. This can be particularly difficult for those who are self-employed or who don’t have paid time off.
  • Cost of transportation: If your driver’s license is suspended as a result of a DUI conviction, you’ll need to find alternative transportation to get to work, school, and other activities. This can be costly, especially if you live in an area without reliable public transportation.

Contact Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias About Your DUI Charge Today

At Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, we understand the social and financial impacts of a DUI charge in Louisiana. That’s why we’re committed to providing our clients with the best possible legal representation and helping them navigate the legal process with as little disruption to their lives as possible.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Louisiana, we’re here to help. We have experience representing clients in DUI cases and can help you understand your options and develop a defense strategy that works for you. Contact us for a consultation today.

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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

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