Emotional Impacts Of A DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)

The financial and legal impacts of a DWI arrest are obvious. What most people don’t realize are the many emotional impacts of a DWI. An arrest and subsequent conviction cause much emotional stress, including feelings of fear, embarrassment, anger and despair.

Driving While Intoxicated Emotional Impacts Of A DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)


For many, the most terrifying part of a DWI conviction is the financial impact on the family. Many offenders wonder how they will support their families while paying fines and other legal fees. Some people lose jobs after a DWI conviction and then find it difficult to secure other work because they are not permitted to drive.

Besides providing for a family financially, a person may worry about how he will take his children to school, doctor’s appointments and other obligations. A “guilty” verdict and license suspension can truly ruin a family’s life.


People who arrested and/or convicted of driving while intoxicated often experience feelings of embarrassment and shame. For many, a DWI offense is the first stain on a clean record. A one-time mistake leads to guilt and humiliation. Suspects can quickly go from being viewed as upstanding citizens to being branded as criminals by the police, community members and even themselves.

Many first-time offenders do not intend to break the law. However, with one arrest, many days in court, and a conviction, they quickly become branded as being dangerous to society. Offenders are likely to lose their driving privileges, insurance and maybe even their jobs.

Furthermore, after they’re permitted to drive again, many offenders have to use an ignition interlock device, which allows a person to drive his vehicle only after blowing into a breathalyzer.


Another common emotion that is related to a DWI conviction is anger. A perpetrator is often angry at the law, at himself and at those who were involved in the incident. This is because DWI offenders typically find themselves on the wrong side of the law for the first time in their lives. They may also question the severity of the fines and punishments for offenders.


All of the above emotions usually lead to feelings of despair, which can quickly become depressed. A conviction for DWI can impact an offender’s personal life by hurting the relationships he has with other people. Some perpetrators even lose their children in custody battles due to the stigma of a DWI conviction.

Being arrested and prosecuted for a DWI offense is usually a very stressful process that should not be taken lightly. If you or someone you know was arrested for drunk driving, seek advice from a legal expert. You should not have to deal with your charges alone.

Brett has years of experience defending people accused of drunk driving. Visit his website today to find a Houston DWI attorney close to you.