Getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Colorado can leave you feeling like your whole life is going into a tailspin. Spending the night in jail is often only the beginning of the stress related to your arrest. There will be issues at work if your employer discovers you are facing charges, particularly if driving is part of your job.
You can also expect a lot of discord at home, as everyone in your family will feel the effects of criminal charges, too. When you get arrested for driving under the influence, you aren't the only one who winds up dealing with the consequences of your actions.
The people who are closest to you, including your spouse, your children or your parents, could also end up facing serious consequences as a result of your criminal charges.
You may become reliant on others for travel
While awaiting court or after a conviction, you may not have the right to drive. This will obviously inconvenience you, but it will also impact and add stress to the lives of the people closest to you. You may turn to your spouse, friends, parents, or neighbors and coworkers to help you get around when you don't legally have the right to drive.
This can put a lot of strain on your relationships, as people may find it difficult to make themselves available for you when you need a ride somewhere. They may also feel like they don't have the ability to decline, which can cause resentment and the breakdown of the relationship.
They may have to worry about financial stability
Facing any kind of criminal charge can affect your job. Many employers have a zero-tolerance policy for criminal convictions. Some will even expect you to take unpaid leave while facing criminal charges. If you're looking for a job, a conviction will limit your prospects.
Combine that with the difficulty involved in getting to and from work on time when you don't have a license, and there is a lot of strain placed on the income you bring to the household. Other people may not feel secure relying on you for your share of the mortgage or rent.
It's also possible you will have less to contribute, as you may have to pay court fees and other costs associated with the pending criminal charges you face.
People may feel the need to intervene in your decisions
When other people know you have pending alcohol-related charges, that can impact how they interact with you in a social manner. They may not feel comfortable letting you drive places, if you do have your license. They may also be less likely to invite you out.
When people know about DUI charges, they tend to assume that a drinking problem is part of the equation. That can make them reticent to even invite you to social events involving alcohol. DUI charges affect your life and the lives of the people you care about.
You should absolutely take them seriously and do everything in your power to minimize the effect they have on your life. Understanding your rights and familiarizing yourself with Colorado laws about impaired driving are both good ideas if you find yourself facing charges.