A drunk driving conviction is bad enough on its own anywhere in Canada. Fines, imprisonment, suspension, and mandatory ignition interlocks can be part of what an offender faces in the weeks and months following a conviction. But the troubles don’t go away even after the fines are paid and the interlock is removed. A police record continues to cause problems for years afterwards.
Here are some of the things that will never be the same after the gavel comes down on your DUI conviction:
Getting a job: Background checks are standard in many fields. Disclosure of a criminal record might put you out of the running, and if you attempt to hide it and are found out – game over.
Moreover, certain fields are out of the question with a criminal conviction. You cannot work in a bank, hospital, prison, or as a taxi driver, insurance broker, investment advisor, or in any government office.
Getting child custody: A criminal conviction can affect your rights to keep custody of your child.
Owning a business: If your business serves other companies, your clients will sometimes demand background checks. Your status might disqualify you as a vendor.
Renting an apartment: Landlords tend to use a background checking service to screen applications for rentals, so having a DUI conviction hits you right where you live.
Getting Insurance: An insurer will take your record into account when determining your insurance premiums.
Drunk driving is a criminal offense for a reason — it kills and injures people every year. Driving while impaired is thus a criminal act, but it is also an avoidable one. Don’t drink and drive, and you’ll never have to face the consequences, which can affect you for the rest of your life.