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4 aspects when you face DUI/DWI for the first time in your 50s

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | DWI Defense |

Driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated charges can be a daunting experience at any age. However, some people in New Jersey find themselves facing such charges for the first time in their 50s.

There are unique considerations that you must keep in mind.

1. Impact on employment and reputation

One significant consideration for individuals in their 50s is the potential impact on employment and reputation. At this stage in life, many individuals have worked for years to establish careers and reputations. A DUI/DWI charge can tarnish that reputation and even jeopardize employment opportunities.

2. Financial consequences

In your 50s, you may be nearing retirement or already living on a fixed income. Fines, court costs and other associated expenses can strain your financial resources. Moreover, if the state suspends your driving privileges, alternative transportation methods may further contribute to financial strain. Insurance premiums can skyrocket, and obtaining affordable coverage may become challenging.

3. Mandatory alcohol education programs

New Jersey often requires individuals charged with DUI/DWI to attend mandatory alcohol education programs. For those in their 50s, participating in such programs may pose additional challenges. Balancing work, family responsibilities and the demands of the program can be particularly demanding at this stage in life.

4. Long-term license consequences

In your 50s, maintaining a valid driver’s license is important for independence and daily activities. A DUI/DWI charge can result in a suspension or revocation of your license. Navigating life without the ability to drive can be especially challenging in an age group that highly values self-sufficiency.

Understanding and addressing these factors are helpful when working toward a resolution.