If you are arrested and charged with DUI or another crime in Minnesota, it can have both an immediate and long-term effect on your life. This is especially true in certain circumstances, such as if you were operating a commercial vehicle when you got pulled over for suspected drunk driving or you’re a licensed professional, such as a doctor or teacher.
In either case, a criminal conviction today can have serious implications in your future. Not only can a criminal record affect your personal life, it can negatively affect your academic or professional career, as well.
A criminal conviction may paint a negative view to others
Whether you’re married and have children of your own or are a college student working your way to a degree, facing criminal charges and the court finding you guilty can take a serious toll on your personal life. Merely having to tell your family that you’ve been charged with a crime is stressful enough; having to then inform them that the court has convicted you is even worse.
Many people, including potential employers or someone you’re meeting for the first time, might think poorly of you if they learn that there’s a conviction on your criminal record. If you’re a college student, your parents may be disappointed in you or even decide to stop providing financial assistance for your tuition.
You might have a difficult time finding a new job with a criminal conviction
When you apply for a new job, you can expect your prospective employer to run a background check. A criminal conviction, especially one added to your record in the past year or two, is going to show up and may wind up impeding your chances for hire.
While an employer might legally hire you with a conviction on your criminal record, many employers will consider hiring you to be too risky, even if you’re otherwise qualified for the job.
Your professional license might be suspended or revoked
In some cases, simply being charged with a crime could place your professional license at risk. If you’re convicted, you might lose your license altogether, especially if you’re a medical doctor convicted of a drug or alcohol crime, or a teacher or coach who regularly works with children.
Making mistakes is a common part of life
You might make an irresponsible decision or unwise choice that winds up causing legal problems in your life. You might do something you later regret, especially if you’re charged with a crime and convicted in court. The good news is that it’s often possible to restore your reputation and rebuild a successful life.
In fact, in many cases, a strong defense strategy can help identify flaws in a prosecutor’s case or can mitigate circumstances to help obtain as positive an outcome as possible when facing criminal charges in a Minnesota court.