My Life With A Dui, At 17.When I was 17, almost 18, I was convicted of a DUI. I am 20 years old now and it has changed my life in more ways than anyone would ever even think it would. Every day of my life I am forced to face the fact that I was convicted of a DUI. Not only has this personally affected me, but it has also affected my family members and friends.
I have attended 36 hours of DUI counseling per the courts request, served 24 hours in jail, paid thousands of dollars in fines and have had my license suspended now for 2 years. Many people are quick to judge others who have gotten DUI's and that has prevented me from not only relationships, but friendships as well.
I currently can get my licence back, but I have to get an Ignition Interlock System installed first. I have to have the interlock device installed for a year before I can take it out. I have to pay a fee every month for this and have to pay to get it installed. I cannot drive any other vehicles unless they have an interlock device installed in them. My parents can no longer put me on the company insurance so I have to get insurance through a different provider, myself. I have to pay very high prices for my insurance because I am young with a DUI conviction.
My family has now had to go through the burden of my life being put on hold for two years and I feel as though it has affected them as well. Thankfully my parents are very helpful and have helped for the law part of the DUI, but what I am mainly struggling with is the emotional tole it has taken.
I know that I have definitely learned from my mistake, and others as well, but most people will not put themselves in my shoes and see it from my aspect. I am a very sweet, caring and bright individual who made a mistake. Most people don't see it that way. They see me not only as a criminal, but as a potential murderer. I also look at others who have lost their loved ones to DUI's and often wonder if they think I am this monster for the mistake I have made. At 17 I was not thinking in a clear way that I could have killed somebody. Looking at all the people that have lost their loved ones from a DUI offender deeply touches me and personally makes me feel and grieve for them as well.
My DUI conviction not only hurt my life, but brought many more positive aspects into it. I am thankful for getting caught and arrested that night because I could have ruined many peoples lives. I just want people to see my side and what I go through to try and understand that not all DUI offenders are horrible people. I wish I had the freedom to do, say and feel the things I felt without being judged or not being able to do those things.