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How will a Florida DUI conviction affect me other than the criminal penalties and the license loss?

A DUI conviction is a matter of public record, and because it’s on your license forever, in other words it stays on your driving record, it never disappears or falls off, anybody who’s conducting some kind of background check is going to see it. The second thing to understand is that DUI is an enhancement crime, which means that any second, or subsequent conviction is going to result in a more severe punishment, or penalty, than the prior conviction. The third thing you need to be concerned about is whether or not you’re going to be able to get insurance. Your insurance carrier may not want to insure you. I you have insurance, they may drop you. The other thing that you need to understand is it may affect your ability to get a job. Going to be very difficult to get to work if you can’t drive, and if you have to drive for a living, there’s a possibility that without a license you’re going to lose your job. The final thing to understand is that it may affect your reputation and standing in the community, any type of criminal conviction is somewhat shunned upon, even though it’s a DUI. And so it may affect your reputation in the community.