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Driving safely after a DUI

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Driving in Mississippi is a privilege that you’ll miss sorely if you’re ever convicted of a DUI. And if you’ve already had a DUI and are getting your driving privileges back, you’re likely excited about the convenience and opportunities that you almost have back. But before you get back on the road, there are some things that you should be aware of so that you’re safe and reap all of the benefits that come with having your driver’s license back.

Top things to be aware of when you get your license back

Before you get back on the road after a DUI, you should remember that it’s just as important now as it ever was that you drive safely. You could impact your own life, but you could also impact the lives of others if you engage in behavior that’s unsafe, including driving while under the influence. You should also be aware of the state laws about getting second and third offenses. Legal consequences will become increasingly high with each repeat offense. In fact, repeat DUIs can even lead to jail time and loss of civic privileges, such as the right to vote. Eventually, repeat DUI convictions are considered felonies, especially if someone is hurt. If it’s been a while since you’ve been behind the wheel of a car, you should also make sure that you’re in the right mental state to drive, and you need to take care of your vehicle. And, of course, avoid using substances before driving.

How a DUI impacts your life

Be aware that a DUI can impact your life in a number of ways. For instance, it could become more difficult to secure a job, your car insurance rates will go up, there could be civil penalties, and a DUI can impact your personal relationships.

If you’ve never had a DUI, avoid it by abstaining from driving and driving. And if you’re getting your license back after having your privileges revoked for a time, take extra precautions to ensure that you make smart driving decisions.