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Beyond a suspended license: The long-term effects of a DUI in Nebraska

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Drunk Driving |

A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction can feel like a punch in the gut. Your license gets suspended, and you face fines and court costs. But beyond the immediate headaches, a DUI can have lasting consequences that impact your life for years to come.

Here’s a look at what you might not think about after a DUI arrest in Nebraska.

Hitting your wallet hard

Auto insurance companies don’t like risky drivers. A DUI conviction will likely skyrocket your insurance rates or even get you dropped altogether. This can make driving incredibly expensive, putting a strain on your budget.

Finding a job can also become more difficult. Many employers conduct background checks, and a DUI can raise red flags, especially for jobs requiring driving or a clean record. This could limit your career options or even cost you your current job.

The stigma and the law: Reputation and restrictions

A DUI conviction becomes part of your public record. This means potential landlords, lenders or even educational institutions might see it during background checks. This could affect your ability to rent an apartment, secure a loan or even get into certain schools.

In some cases, a DUI can restrict your travel. Crossing the border with a DUI on your record could lead to delays or even denial of entry.

Second chances and getting help

A DUI doesn’t have to define your future. Nebraska offers programs for those convicted of DUI to help them learn from their mistakes and reduce the risk of repeat offenses. Completing these programs can sometimes lead to reduced penalties or even dismissal (removal) of your DUI from your record after a certain period. (Note: Nebraska doesn’t use the term “expungement”).

If you’re struggling with alcohol dependence, there are resources available to help. Reaching out for professional help demonstrates responsibility and a commitment to change.

A DUI is a serious offense, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the story. By understanding the long-term consequences and taking steps to address them, you can move forward and rebuild your life.