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How to Recover from a DUI

DUI9A DUI is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a person. This moving violation is known by many names in many regions. Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI) are all names with acronyms to describe the infraction. There is really only one three-letter word that gets to the heart of how serious this offense is: BAD. The blood alcohol level required to qualify for a DUI varies by state but it is not very much. Two or three drinks with friends over cocktails is often enough to put you over the legal limit. The next thing you know, you’re driving home a little too fast, minding your own business, there’s an accident and suddenly you find yourself searching for a drunk driving attorney in Milwaukee.

A DUI takes both an emotional and financial toll on your life. The average cost of a DUI is estimated to be around $10,000. This includes legal fees, court costs, fines, work hours lost and other expenses that seem to pop up out of nowhere. The inability to operate a motor vehicle is a major inconvenience, particularly in cities where the public transit system is lacking. Getting to work or school becomes a hassle and trying to pick up the kids from school, or take them to soccer practice or friends’ houses becomes nearly impossible.

Of course, there is the stigma associated with getting a DUI. Even if it was a casual, one-time event there will still be people who assume you’re a drunk. Co-workers, friends, and your child’s friends’ parents all might have opinions about your character due to a DUI. This “scarlet letter” of a moving violation also stays on your driving record for up to three years in most states and can have an effect that lasts longer than that. For instance, having a DUI on your driving record is a criminal offense in Canada and as such, prevents you from entering the country. That’s right, no trips to Vancouver or Toronto if you have a DUI on your record. There are other countries in the world where you can also be denied entry due to a having DUI.

Still, with all of that doom and gloom, there are ways to put the incident behind you. Once all the fines have been paid and the alcohol classes are over and driving privileges have been restored, you can move forward with your life. Changing the behavior that lead to the DUI, and any habits associated with such behavior, is the first step in recovering from the incident. As they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, “You only have to change one thing. Everything.”


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