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DUI - DWI Consequences

Collateral Consequences of DUI and DWI

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Cannot Travel to Canada

If you are convicted of DUI or DWI you cannot travel to Canada for ten (10) years from the conclusion of either probation or a license suspension. A Probation Before Judgment is not considered a conviction and a person receiving a Probation Before Judgment will be allowed to enter Canada.

Immigration Issues

8 U.S.C.A. &#167 1227(a)(2)(A)(i) - provides that an alien convicted of one crime of moral turpitude (not truthful) and one crime carrying a possible sentence of one year or more within five years of admission, or convicted of two or more crimes of moral turpitude (not truthful) at any time is deportable. So if you received a conviction for DUI, count for the one year, and a conviction for driving while revoked, suspended, or without a license may be considered a crime of moral turpitude.

Security Clearance

Any person possessing any level of security clearance could have issues with their employment. A drunk driving finding can negatively impact a person' security clearance and their employment with that agency.

Military Personnel

Military persons convicted of drunk driving offenses face wide range of sanctions and the person's supervising officer possesses a very wide range of discretion in deciding the sanctions that will be imposed.


A pilot who gets charges with a drunk driving offense while using their own vehicle runs the risk of losing his/her pilot's license.

Professional Licenses

A DUI or DWI conviction in Maryland can affect some professionals more than others. These are just a few professions that require special licenses or certifications that can be in jeopardy if you are convicted of DUI or DWI.
  • Teachers
  • CDL Licensed Drivers
  • Doctors
  • Federal Government Employees
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • State Government Employees
  • Police Officers

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