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DUI: The Aftermath

If you have recently been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you are facing an expensive and challenging road ahead. If you have managed to go undetected while driving drunk, your luck may soon run out; if you happen to kill someone, the monetary cost of driving while intoxicated is the least of your worries. Many of us who are in recovery have had one or multiple DUI’s. Nothing about it is fun or funny for that matter, and if we could go back and make better decisions, we would. Since we can’t, we keep the memories of what it was like close at hand so we don’t relapse and do it all over again.

If you happen to have been really lucky and didn’t hurt or kill anyone, and have recently been released from jail, take a deep breath. Hopefully this is your wake-up call to stop doing irrational things like drinking and driving. If it’s not and you keep going, things will only get worse for you. What happens with your case is dependent on several factors, e.g., blood alcohol content (BAC), whether there was an accident and if there were injuries, rate of speed, cooperation with the police, where it happened, etc. If you don’t have a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender—whatever you do, make sure you show up to court, and show up sober.

Consider making a change in your life. Not only will judges take your efforts into consideration, but you may actually enjoy the results of putting aside the booze. More than likely, you will have to attend DUI and MADD classes, and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings; if your charge is more serious, you may be facing jail time or house arrest. House arrest may sound wonderful, but it isn’t cheap and you are very limited in movement. However, it isn’t jail, and if you can afford it, you may wish to encourage your lawyer to push for it. The thing you have to keep in mind, is that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Legal issues are difficult, but if you stay sober, they are much easier to handle and you won’t keep adding to the problem.

Are you or a loved one struggling with drug or alcohol abuse? Call Resilient House and begin your path to recovery, today. No matter what kind of issues you are going through, we can help. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 833-242-6431. Your life can change and you can recover. Call now.