If you recently got arrested for drinking and driving, you may wonder what the future holds. The consequences for a DUI conviction are severe and can include fines, jail time, loss of your driving privileges and other legal and financial penalties.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, you become legally intoxicated if your blood alcohol content level reaches or exceeds 0.08%. Although most of your concerns right now may relate to your DUI case, you should take steps to cope emotionally with the effects of what will come.
Allow others to help
After a DUI, you may want to push away your support system out of feelings of guilt or embarrassment. However, you should avoid doing this and allow your friends and loved ones to step in and help when offered. You may also want to talk to a therapist or counselor about your experience.
Stay informed about your case
It may feel easier to pretend like your DUI case is not happening. However, this may only increase your stress. Stay informed about what is going on with your case and do your research into potential penalties and outcomes.
Protect your physical health
Do not neglect your physical health while you work through your DUI case. Make getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet and reducing your reliance on drugs and alcohol a priority at this time.
Feelings of depression, anxiety and sadness may come and go following your DUI arrest. Remember that these emotions are normal and keep in mind that you will overcome this period in your life.