Many people are still buzzing about Steve May, the legislative candidate who withdrew from the race after news of his drunk driving conviction last year went public. Obviously a drunk driving record can tarnish a politician’s reputation. But the stigma of such as a conviction can have a devastating impact on regular people, too.
Here in Florida, those convicted of DUI do not have the option of having their record expunged or sealed, so that conviction can haunt them for the rest of their lives, impacting their relationship with friends and family members who may look them differently or grow distant.
A DUI conviction can be also make it difficult to find a job, as many employers conduct background checks and don’t look favorably upon a DUI conviction. Even renting a car or finding a car insurance company willing to cover you becomes a challenge. That’s why it’s so important to seek legal counsel if you’ve been charged with a crime such as DUI.