Los Angeles DUI Can Leave You with a Criminal Record

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

A DUI conviction can remain on your criminal record, possibly affecting your future prospects for years after.  Former President Bush learned that the hard way when reports of a drunk driving conviction he had managed to collect in his younger days, came out during the last days of his 2000 presidential campaign.  No one doubts that the revelation of that drunk driving conviction cost him at least a few votes. 

In his new book Decision Points, the former president calls his decision to hide the drunk driving conviction, one of the stupidest mistakes he ever made.  In Bush's own words, the decision to hide the conviction was a bad choice, and if he had to go back in time and do it all over again, he would definitely have disclosed the conviction.  He also says he hid the conviction because his daughters were still young, and he didn't want them to think that driving under the influence was in any way acceptable.

Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers know you may not run for President of the United States, but you'll still find that a drunk driving conviction follows you around for the rest of your life.  Prison sentences, fines and penalties are relatively lenient the very first time that you are convicted of drunk driving.  But for the second, third and every consequent DUI, you can expect not just fines and penalties to increase, but also to spend longer periods of time in jail.  A DUI conviction is also not something that you want on your record when you look for a job.  Your conviction can appear when your potential employer decides to do a background verification and criminal check on you.