Life After a DUI Conviction

February 3, 2020

If you were arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) contact us as soon as possible to help you with your case. If you were already convicted of a DUI, you may feel overwhelmed and devastated. DUIs are serious, and the penalties can be severe. However, you can get your life back on track after a DUI conviction. Here are some of the best ways to rebuild your life after a DUI. 

Rehabilitation and Professional Help 

If you received a DUI conviction, it is possible you may not be a first-time offender. If you are a first-time offender, perhaps you have been able to avoid a penalty but still drove while under the influence previously without being caught. 

Either way, you may examine if you have a substance abuse disorder. Oftentimes, overuse of alcohol can be due to many extenuating life factors, or the challenges you have faced previously in life. Consider seeking professional help. Rehabilitation centers are available on both an in-patient and out-patient basis and could help ensure that you never receive another DUI in your future. 

If you do not feel you need full in-patient or out-patient rehabilitation, you may consider visiting a professional therapist, pastor, or counselor to help you with what may be a struggle with alcohol or drugs. Alcoholics Anonymous is a well-known recovery program that could also assist you. Whatever you choose, moving in the right direction after a DUI may include seeking professional help in some way. 

Ignition Interlock Device

A specific device called an ignition interlock device oftentimes is mandated by the court in South Carolina for those convicted of a DUI. These devices have been proven to reduce DUI arrests by 70%. While not required to do so, consider keeping the ignition interlock device on your car after the court mandate is complete. This can help you stay compliant with the law, and keep you and other drivers safe on the roadways. 

New Hobbies and Interests 

Finding a new hobby or interest has been proven to be helpful for those attempting to refocus their lives and move them in a more positive direction. Finding an activity that gives you a sense of purpose or enjoyment can be the distraction you need to motivate you to heal faster and be either emotionally or physically healthier.

Strong Support Network 

Your environment is critical after receiving a DUI. You need to make good choices regarding who you choose to associate with. If your previous friends or family were not a good influence on your behavior, find people to encourage and support you as you move toward a healthier lifestyle. 

Contact a DUI Attorney 

If you were arrested and are now facing DUI charges, contact an experienced Charleston criminal defense attorney to help you build your case. The attorneys at the David Aylor Law Offices will help you understand your rights, and help you with your next steps. Contact us today at (843) 212-2684 or online today.

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