When we talk about “costs” in relation to a drunk driving charge, this doesn’t merely mean the legal penalties and consequences associated with the charge. There are many different penalties that compose the legal costs of the DUI — but the various financial and “indirect” costs of having a DUI on your record could end up being worse than the legal penalties.
Don’t believe us? Well, consider the following:
- If you have a DUI on your record, you could lose your job. This is especially pertinent for bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers and other commercial vehicle operators.
- Even if you don’t lose your job, it can make getting to your job much difficult. And if you are considering getting a new job — or are in the process of interviewing for a new position — a DUI could severely impact your chances of landing that new job.
- The financial costs of processing a DUI are immense. From towing and impound to sentencing, jail time and bail, these costs can run you thousands of dollars. You also have to deal with court costs, license suspension and, eventually, activation, ignition interlock costs and alcohol treatment and education.
- Your insurance premiums will also significantly increase, and you will have to pay for the privilege of being on probation — not to mention the added costs of finding alternate forms of transportation to get around.
Obviously every DUI case is a little different. But in general, a DUI can cost you tens of thousands of dollars over the years, and it can significantly reduce your future prospects. If you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need to fight for your future. Consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Source: BACtrack, “The High Cost of a DUI,” Accessed Aug. 16, 2016