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How the loss of your license impacts you after a DUI

Let's say that you were just pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol. A police officer lawfully performs the stop and arrests you for the crime after an initial breath test shows that you are over the 0.08 blood alcohol limit. Soon after the arrest, you are informed that your license has been suspended as a result of your DUI offense.

That may not mean much when you're imagining such a punishment -- but once it happens to you, the punishment will quickly seem like one of the worst parts in the aftermath of a DUI.

Losing your license impacts your life in so many ways. There's the convenience factor, where you are no longer able to just hop into your car and get from point A to point B. Instead, you have to rely on other people to give you rides, or you have to pay for a taxi or a bus.

There's the financial factor, relating to the taxi/bus point we just made. Riding the bus or taking a taxi is not cheap, and even if taking these forms of transportation turn out to be cheaper than filling your car's gas tank, they still relate to the point about convenience.

And there's also the reliability and responsibility factor. You may need to drive to perform your job. You may need to drive to get to your job which is far from your home. One of your family members may rely on you to get them from place to place. All of these things necessitate having a license.

License suspension is one of the roughest parts of the punishment associated with a DUI. You have to defend yourself as soon as possible after a DUI charge, and prepare to challenge any license suspension.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI Offense Basics," Accessed Dec. 11, 2014

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