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Myth 1: Being charged with a DUI is no big deal

While it is true that in the past, being stopped driving under the influence sometimes lead to a ride home, those days are long gone. Everyone in the system (the Court, the District Attorney, Probation, etc.) all consider DUI’s to be serious criminal offenses. There are political organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and others, that lobby very aggressively to make sure the Court system treats DUI offenders harshly. A DUI conviction can have long ranging ramifications. You are exposed to jail time, large fines and having your driving privilege suspended. Such a conviction can also impact your ability to get a job or a professional license. Like it or not, it impacts your reputation. It is important to treat this as a serious matter. If a judge got a DUI, you can bet they would have an attorney. It is a total myth that a DUI, in 2016, is no big deal. It is a very big deal.