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5 Different Ways a DUI Can Affect You and Your Family

Driving While Intoxicated is a serious offense which causes headache and heartache for both the offender and their loved ones. One bad choice can cause an array of woes that can take years to overcome. There are many ways this offense could affect those involved, here are five of the most life-altering.

Shock and Embarrassment

The news that a loved one has been arrested on a DWI charge comes as a shock to everyone affected, both directly and indirectly. In many cities, arrests are even broadcast online and in the local paper for all to see. A DWI can result in the loss of a job and social positions, and with one charge comes a stigma that can last a lifetime.

Lack of Trust

Family members face the reality that you were in a position to alter or end human life because of poor choices, forcing them to wonder where you draw the line with your self-indulgence. They worry about you, because you’ve broken their trust with your judgment, and this mistrust is bound to eventually cause friction in your relationships.


The costs associated with a DWI charge are insane, and the conviction stays on your record for up to 10 years. Getting proper representation is paramount. For instance, a Houston DWI attorney can help defend you against DWI charges. Having a knowledgeable person at your side makes a real difference. Between the towing of your vehicle, court fees, exponentially higher insurance premiums, and the plethora of other assorted fees, you can spend anywhere between $10,000-$30,000 on just one offense, and that’s just if no one is injured. You can destroy yourself financially and become a burden for your family members.

The Need for Treatment

Substance use and abuse are so commonplace, people sometimes don’t seem to think of it as that big of a deal. However, you can reach the intoxication limit quickly without realizing it, and making poor, life-changing decisions due to the overconsumption of drugs or alcohol signifies a problem that likely requires treatment.

Loss of Driver’s License

If you get a DWI, you lose your license, causing everyone around you to have to alter their schedules to drive you places. If you choose to continue to drive after you’ve lost your license, you’re in more legal trouble.

So how can a person avoid such a detrimental event? Refuse to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, including the overuse of prescription drugs. Getting to your destination safely is much more important than taking a risk. Remember that your actions affect everyone, and when necessary, reconsider.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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