When you consider the consequences of driving while under the influence (DWI), the things that normally come to mind are the loss of your license and some hefty fines.
In reality, there are much worse consequences. These consequences fall into different categories.
You can lose your job when you spend time in jail or lose your license for a DWI. Some jobs like delivery or landscaping require you to drive. A DWI stops you from being able to perform your job.
Another case where you might lose your job is if you operate heavy machinery. Chances are you will not be able to continue your employment.
Since a DWI goes on your criminal record, it can prevent you from getting certain jobs. Aside from not having a clean driving record, a criminal record can cause employers to pause when reviewing your application.
The loss of your job and the DWI can impact your family. There may be resentment, particularly if all the driving is on one family member. The fines from a DWI can also put stress on your family. Between the loss of income, increase in insurance and fines, it can cause resentment and anger.
Even if you do not receive a jail sentence, you must attend mandatory classes and drug and alcohol tests. This can significantly impact how much time you have. You could also receive community service, which detracts from the time you have to get routine things done.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will impact your entire life regardless of the severity of your offense.