How a DWI Can Affect Your Future

The consequences of driving while intoxicated are so severe and can affect you for the rest of your life. Not only are you endangering your life but you are endangering the lives of those around when you choose to drive drunk. Always plan to have a sober driver drive you home, no matter what the situation is.  Our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you how a DWI can affect your future. For an experienced DWI lawyer in Miller County, call Deputy and Mizell today at 417-532-2191 for a free consultation.

How a DWI Can Affect Your Future

Future Educational Opportunities

Many college students seek out financial aid in order to afford their tuition and other related college costs. Some forms of financial aid can be withheld from those with criminal convictions on their record, which can include a DWI. Aside from the financial downfalls, you can also damage your friendships and relationships with loved ones by having a DWI. This isn’t the type of event that you can just instantly forget about, it can affect you for the rest of your life.

Driver’s License

Here are the punishments for driving while intoxicated, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue:

“First Convictions
First conviction for excessive blood alcohol content (BAC)
First conviction for driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs (DWI)
A first-time DWI or BAC conviction results in a 90-day suspension. You may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP).

NOTE: If you are convicted of operating a commercial motor vehicle while your alcohol content is .04 percent or higher, 2 points will be assessed to your Missouri driver record and you will be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year.

Multiple Convictions
If you are convicted of a second intoxication-related traffic offense, regardless of the length of time between convictions, you will normally receive a 1-year revocation for accumulation of points. If you are convicted a second time for an alcohol- or drug-related offense within a five-year period, you may also receive a 5-year license denial.

If you are convicted three or more times of an intoxication-related traffic offense, you will receive a 10-year license denial.”

So, essentially you could lose your license or have it revoked temporarily for drinking while driving. This can hugely affect your ability to drive to your job, school, run errands, or see your loved ones.


You could potentially not get hired if you have been convicted for a DWI in Missouri. Some companies may have a policy that doesn’t allow them to hire anyone with a conviction, no matter what that conviction may be. Especially, if you are applying for a job that requires you to drive company vehicles, that company’s auto insurance policy alone may prevent them from hiring you.

Contact our office today to discuss your DWI charge in Missouri with a lawyer serving clients in Miller County. We will conduct a thorough review of your case and build the strongest possible defense. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends. You can reach us by phone at 417-532-2191 or toll free at 1-877-532-2191.

Contact Deputy & Mizell, LLC to schedule your private (FREE) consultation today.

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