If you receive a DWI in North Carolina, there are numerous penalties, such as fines, license suspension and possible jail time, that have a direct effect on your life and finances. However, the consequences of driving while intoxicated reach beyond the legal penalties. You can feel the effects from a DWI for years after conviction, which is why you need proper legal counsel to help you navigate the process.

In general, getting a DWI is expensive. Along with the court-associated fees and fines, Very Well Mind discusses some of the other financial consequences. Part of the court’s decision often includes a series of alcohol classes, and there is an attendance fee each time. Some judges may also order an alcohol evaluation which could lead to entrance into an expensive drug treatment program before you can drive again.

Finally ready to get your driver’s license back? Be ready to pay for the installation and monthly maintenance of an ignition interlock device. You will also need a special type of insurance called SR-22. This insurance coverage is often two- to three-times the cost of traditional car insurance, and you may need to carry it for a number of years.

Having a DWI on your record can also affect your ability to travel. U.S. Customs and Border Protection discusses that Canada is one of the countries that severely frowns upon drunk driving, and there is a good chance the Canadian immigration agent will not allow you to enter the country if you have a DWI conviction.