If you or someone you know has received a DUI, you know how difficult it can be to accept the consequences and navigate the process. While it results in immense strain and feels like a personal battle with oneself to overcome, it also affects your loved ones. Family, significant others, and close friends often share some of the burden that comes along with the aftermath of a DUI. Below are a few examples.
Emotional Stress and Concern
When something bad happens to someone you really care about, you’re bound to experience stress and feel great concern for that person’s well-being. The same is true when someone close to you receives a DUI. While the person might be “okay” physically, a loved one might have racing thoughts about what could have happened if the person had kept driving: Would they have gotten in an accident? Could they have been killed? And while those things didn’t happen, they’re often faced with another set of taxing questions: Will my loved one go to jail? How do I hold back my frustration and instead support this person? Will it happen again? The list of questions goes on and on. The concern is always there.
Anger and Resentment
These are both natural and common feelings for loved ones to experience. Typically, these feelings result from the stress and concern mentioned above. If someone loves and cares about you and then sees you put yourself in a dangerous situation, it can make them mad. No one wants to see someone they love get hurt and suffer tough legal consequences for something that could have been easily prevented.
When someone gets a DUI, they typically incur a lot of legal costs. There are also fines associated with getting a DUI (examples include an actual fine as part of the DUI punishment as well as impound or towing fees if your car is taken from you). Sometimes, particularly in the case of parents, these costs can fall on loved ones. Plus, the bills can add up even more if your loved one becomes responsible for driving you places because your license was revoked. The costs can really add up, and while we rely on our loved ones for support, the cost of helping out with these finances can become quite a burden.
As you can see, the effects of a DUI ripple far beyond one person. It’s important to keep these things in mind when we considered driving after having too many drinks so we can prevent putting this strain on our loved ones. If you’ve already experienced a DUI and are trying to get everything sorted out for the sake of you and your loved ones, contact us to learn how taking one of our DUI classes can increase your knowledge of your rights and set you on the right path to clearing up the aftermath of your DUI.