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What can happen when you drive under the influence?

You have enjoyed a nice evening out with friends in Connecticut and you consumed a couple of drinks. While you know you are not completely sober, you also are confident in your ability to get yourself home safely. If the temptation to drive after you have been drinking is looming in your head, you may be interested to learn more about the consequences of this seemingly harmless behavior. 

While choosing to drive under the influence may not seem like a big deal at the time, your split-second decision instantly puts your life at risk. It also endangers your passengers and any other motorists who are driving near you. In serious cases, you could be involved in a violent car accident that leaves you and others with life-threatening injuries. According to State Farm, some of the other consequences you may face include the following:

  • You may be required to serve time in jail in addition to legal fines for breaking the law. 
  • Your license may be suspended, sometimes up to a year. If you are a repeat offender, it could be revoked entirely until further notice. 
  • You may have trouble finding employment with convictions on your record, especially when the job requires you to operate a company-owned vehicle.
  • You may not receive financial assistance for injuries sustained in an accident if you were driving drunk at the time.
  • Your insurance rates may go up to compensate for the added risk your behavior has created.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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