A Pennsylvania DUI conviction can affect a person in various ways aside from the criminal penalties and license loss.
A person's often most significant concern with a DUI case is the conviction. If a person is convicted, they will have a criminal record and the record will be maintained by the applicable law enforcement government and court agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police. If an employer is doing a background check, the conviction can affect their present employment, their future employment opportunities and career opportunities. It can affect a professional license in the cases involving, for example, doctors and nurses. It can affect potentially a person's ability to go to school, college, graduate school if the decision-maker deems a person to be, say, sufficiently irresponsible through that DUI conviction. It can impact people in various ways.
Because of what's at stake, having an experienced Pennsylvania DUI attorney in your corner from as early as possible in the process will help you best understand and navigate the DUI process.