You have Social Security Disability because you have ongoing health issues. You can still drive, but you do so sparingly. Recently, you went out to drink with friends, and on the way home you were stopped and accused of a DUI.
While you know that you weren’t drunk and that the facts of your case will turn it in your favor, you are concerned about your Social Security Disability benefits. Can they be stopped if you’re arrested? What if you’re convicted?
Your DUI is unlikely to impact your SSDI
While it’s possible that a DUI could impact your SSDI, it’s unlikely unless you are confined in prison or end up in an institution. Usually, disability benefits stop any time someone is incarcerated. In some cases, getting a felony conviction could end those benefits, too.
However, a DUI is unlikely to lead to a longer-term prison sentence or a felony in Virginia if this is a first offense. Additionally, if you can show that you weren’t impaired and are able to defend yourself adequately, then you won’t have to worry about your SSDI at all.
A first-time DUI in Virginia comes with a heavy fine of up to $2,500, up to a 12-month suspension and up to a year in jail. It’s also possible that you could receive a conviction and pay much less or walk away without a jail sentence.
Under these circumstances, it’s not a bad idea to get to know more about the Social Security Disability laws and to determine if you have a strong case against your DUI charges. If you are able to successfully defend yourself, you won’t have to worry about your SSDI. Even if you can’t successfully defend yourself, you still may not have anything to worry about.
You deserve the support you need
Since each case is different, getting the right help to deal with this situation is imperative. You have a right to defend against any charges you face, and you also have a right to fight to keep the disability benefits that help you live a normal life after a disability.