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Life After a DWI : How to Handle the Repercussions and Move Forward

May 11, 2016

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed after facing DWI charges. Finances can be stretched, trials can be challenging, and your health and social life can be impacted. Here are some effective tips to getting you back on track.


There are obvious and implied fines attached with DWIs. The obvious charges – attorney costs, court fees, and legal fines, can amount to a lot. There are also implied fines that you may not have considered.  This can be anything from missing work to having to operate with a suspended license. Be sure to track your finances and budget for any changes or adjustments.  


This may be clear to some, but keep up with your attorney on any post-trial activity. You don’t have to talk to your lawyer every day, but be sure you are keeping track of your communication, such as emails and paperwork. This will help you with any aftermath or repercussions following your DWI.


While you may feel like the weight of the DWI fell on you, that’s not always true. Many times, a DWI charge can affect family, friends, and even work. It’s important to have honest discussions with the other people that may impacted to understand their feelings. It may be uncomfortable or awkward to initiate this conversations, but it is a significant step in getting your life back on track.


People often forget to take care of themselves during a stressful and exhausting DWI charge.Your physical and mental health are just as important as any other factors. Physically, you may be exhausted. You may have physical injuries that need attention, particularly in the event of an accident. Aside from your physical health, you may be feeling overwhelmed or even depressed. Make sure you are getting the help you need to move on.

Looking Forward

Remember to be responsible. Don’t put yourself in a position where you can be convicted of a DWI again. It’s also important to share your story. Make sure that your family and loved ones know all of the dangers and implications of drunk driving.

If one of your loved ones have recently been through this situation, make sure that you’re keeping them accountable with all of these factors. They may feel lost and need help getting back up.

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Updated: May 12, 2016 at 10:03 am