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Can You Travel Internationally with a DUI?

Getting a DUI can seriously affect your life. You might already know about many of the possible penalties after being convicted, but you may also wonder if it can affect your ability to travel to other countries. Keep reading and contact a DUI lawyer from the KGO Law Firm to learn more.

Can a DUI Stop Me from Traveling Overseas?

In short, yes. Many countries will not allow people who have been convicted of DUI/DWI to enter, even just for a vacation. For instance, if you have a DUI on your record, you likely won’t be able to go to Canada for at least ten years, as Canada sees all DUIs as serious offenses. 

Also, if you have a DUI on your record for the past ten years, you might be denied entry at the southern border. Mexico often focuses on serious DUI charges, but whether you can enter depends on the decision of the border officer.

What Other Effects Can a DUI Have on My Life?

A DUI charge can seriously affect many parts of your life, including your ability to travel to other countries. Here are some ways a DUI can impact you:

  • You might lose your job or find it hard to get a new one because you’ll need to say “yes” to having a criminal record on job applications.
  • Your insurance rates will probably go up for several years.
  • You could spend days, months, or even years in jail.
  • You’ll likely have to attend various alcohol education classes, such as those run by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), at your own expense.
  • You may need to install and use an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which you will have to pay for yourself.
  • You may have trouble finding a place to live because a DUI will go on your criminal record, and landlords often run background checks before renting out a property.
  • Your driver’s license will probably be suspended for months or even years, which can make it hard to get to work, doctor’s appointments, or visit friends.
  • You might also need to attend court-ordered drug or alcohol counseling.

These are just some of the other ways a DUI can affect your life. If you are charged with a DUI, it’s very important to hire a skilled DUI lawyer. The KGO Law Firm is here to fight for you every step of the way.