Drunk driving puts you and other people in harm’s way, and it also can land you in serious hot water legally on your road trip.
Here’s what can happen if you drive drunk in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the world:
You’ll Be Paying More For Car Insurance
Misdemeanour drunk driving convictions tend to result in significantly increased insurance rates, but a felony drunk driving conviction could make it impossible to get car insurance at all. After you are convicted of drunk driving, you may have to fill out forms that are sent to your car insurance provider. Here’s what you need to know about them:
Getting coverage under SR22 Insurance is something that will be required. SR22 forms are sent to insurance companies by individuals who have a felony drunk driving conviction or are guilty of another serious vehicle-related crime. These forms show that you’re complying with the terms of your probation, parole, or other legal sanctions, and this can make it possible for you to get insurance coverage.
You Could Cause An Accident
Alcohol impairs your thinking and reaction time, and you may not be able to judge your level of impairment. As a result, you could end up causing an accident that results in serious harm to yourself or others, and getting in an accident as a result of driving under the influence carries exceptionally serious legal penalties.
In fact, if you cause an accident that results in serious injury while driving drunk, you could face felony charges and prison time. Furthermore, the other driver could sue you, and this could result in substantial financial losses.
However, it’s important to note that the specific penalties for driving under the influence vary greatly from one state to another and from one country to another as well.
Getting Pulled Over For Driving Drunk Will Land You In Jail
If you are pulled over under the influence of alcohol and the officer notices that you’re impaired, you will be arrested and prosecuted virtually anywhere in the world. The penalties for drunk driving vary considerably, and here’s what you can expect if this happens on your road trip:
Misdemeanor Drunk Driving
If you live in the United States, getting arrested for drunk driving with no prior convictions or additional factors, a misdemeanour conviction for drunk driving is quite serious. It can result in loss of a license for a predetermined period of time (often a year). In some states, individuals who are convicted of drunk driving will typically receive a jail sentence as well.
Felony Drunk Driving
If you have previous convictions for drunk driving, it could result in felony charges in most states. Another circumstance where you could be arrested for felony drunk driving is if your blood alcohol content was exceptionally high, or if you had a child in the car.
This is even more serious, and you could be sentenced to prison for more than a year, lose your driver’s license for a much longer period of time or be permanently revoked, or even lose your right to vote. The consequences of a felony record are far more reaching than a misdemeanour, and it’s likely to severely impair your job prospects and ability to rent property.
The easiest and best thing to do is to avoid it all together. If you’re drinking, get a cab, Uber, or Lyft. It just isn’t worth it to get behind the wheel yourself.