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Losing Your Driver’s License Because of a DUI

Losing your driver’s license in Tennessee due to a conviction for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) can lead to a cascade of problems that affect various aspects of your life such as getting to your job or picking up your kids from school. Losing your driver’s license, or more specifically losing the privilege to legally drive in Tennessee, is often an immediate consequence of an arrest.

losing drivers license due to DUI - female driver giving her car keys to an officer

When you are arrested, one of your first thoughts and subsequent action is to get a good DUI lawyer and that is a good thought! If arrested in or around Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Murfreesboro DUI lawyer, David Clarke, is just a phone call away at 615-796-6299 (Se Habla Español 615-809-1255). Attorney Clarke knows when you’ve been arrested for DUI, your freedom, driving privileges and license will be in jeopardy and fast action will be needed to help prevent license suspension as well as the other serious penalties. He can arrange a hearing on this matter as soon as possible. The goal is to have your driving privileges available to you while your DUI case is being resolved.

Problems When You Can’t Drive Because Of Suspended License

  1. Transportation Challenges: Losing your driver’s license can severely limit your ability to travel independently. Tennessee is a state with limited public transportation options, particularly in rural areas, making it difficult for you to commute to work, run errands, or attend appointments. Relying on others for transportation can be inconvenient and burdensome. Paying for cabs, Uber, or other ride-sharing services can get very expensive.
  2. Employment Impact: Many jobs require a valid driver’s license, especially those that involve driving, delivery, or frequent travel. Losing your license temporarily could lead to job loss. If you lose it permanently or for a significant period of time due to a DUI conviction could make it impossible for you to do this job and you would be forced to quit.

Also, even if your job doesn’t involve driving for a living, not being able to drive a car to get to and from work has a huge impact. You will be forced to find a way to consistently get to work on time and then maybe struggle to get a ride home after work.

This loss of driving privileges could have a detrimental impact on your career and financial stability. For example, what if you could pick up an extra shift or get some overtime pay, but you cannot do it because your ride is coming? Or maybe at your office job, you leave every day at 5 pm now – no post-work networking and certainly no impressing the boss by working late!

  1. Social Isolation: The loss of your driver’s license can contribute to feelings of social isolation because of limited participation in social activities. You may find it challenging to meet up with friends, attend gatherings, or engage in recreational activities. Can you imagine trying to get to a bowling night or baby shower by public transportation? You will start having to turn down social activities and become more isolated. This isolation can lead to emotional distress and a decreased sense of well-being.
  2. Family and Relationships: The loss of your driver’s license can strain family relationships and responsibilities. In households with shared transportation duties, your inability to drive can disrupt daily routines and place added stress and responsibilities on other family members.

Additionally, you may find it challenging to fulfill parental responsibilities, such as transporting children to school or extracurricular activities. If you are a single father, for example, you may find it difficult to fulfill your time with your children if you cannot pick them up, and drive them to school, activities, or dates with friends, without the ability to drive them.

  1. Increased Costs: Relying on alternative transportation methods such as taxis, rideshare services, or public transportation can lead to increased expenses over time. The financial burden of these additional costs, along with legal fines and fees, can create a substantial financial strain on your budget.
  2. The Embarrassment: It would be frankly embarrassing to explain to others why you can’t drive. You likely end up lying and making up excuses about why you can’t attend. And when you do have to come clean, you just feel ashamed. Driving while impaired is never a good choice and this particularly bad decision can lead to anger at oneself and low self-esteem.
  3. Driving Illegally: In desperation, you may choose to drive anyway and that is illegal. If caught, you can face further charges and maybe lose your license for a greater period of time than you would have originally. You could get caught not only by police pulling you over but also if someone turns you in.  For example, your ex-spouse with whom you share child custody may report you because he/she does not think it is safe for you to be driving the children around illegally.

Call Murfreesboro DUI Attorney David Clarke

From legal and financial consequences to personal and social setbacks, the challenges that you will face because of a DUI can be very bad. Losing your driver’s license means losing your driving privileges.  If you get charged with a DUI, contact Attorney David Clarke as soon as you can. He will arrange an immediate hearing to challenge your license suspension. He will also know how to guide you through the legal process of fighting a DUI conviction.

Call The Clarke Law firm at 615-796-6299 (Español 615-809-1255) or message us using our website form.