When you hear the phrase "a DUI will cost you a lot," you may take the statement figuratively. It will "cost you on a personal level, as your friends and family may never look at you the same way again. It will "cost" you professionally, because you could lose your job or struggle to find a new one. It will "cost" you chronologically, as you may spend time in jail or suffer harsh penalties that make your life difficult for a long time.
Drunk driving charges, like any other criminal charge, come with a certain level of embarrassment for the accused individual. They know they should have done better, and they will look to change their ways going forward. But even with that, their reputation will precede them wherever they go. Their friends will likely know about it, and it could cause them hardship with those friends. Their employers may find out, or even potential new employers. And landlords will see their criminal history during routine background checks.
It's the life of anyone in the military: you get orders to relocate, and you get ready for the move. But if you are divorced and either have joint custody of your children, or a time-sharing agreement where you have visitation with your children, what will the move do to your custody agreement and relationship with your children?
One of the biggest criminal justice system scandals of recent memory is still, to an extent, ongoing. The Annie Dookhan case refers to a former drug forensics employee who allegedly tested drug evidence to put people accused of drug crimes behind bars. The problem with Annie Dookhan is that in many cases, she didn't test the evidence at all and simply claimed that the evidence was "positive" so that investigators and prosecutors could lock people up, regardless if they were guilty or innocent. The evidence Dookhan handled simply wasn't done so in a proper, compliant and fair manner.