Being accused of drunk driving is a serious time in any person's life. There are massive legal penalties that accompany such a charge. You can lose your license, your car will be impounded, you could be jailed for an extended period and, for many, you will suffer penalties that extend well beyond the legal penalties. What we are talking about here is the financial cost of a DUI.
Drunk driving charges will lead to a bevy of financial costs and penalties for the accused. For example, there are fines and penalties associated with the charge itself. But then there are the myriad other costs associated with such a charge:
- You have to pay for court costs, legal penalties and other fees such as bail and alcohol treatment and therapy.
- You will have to pay for probation supervision and ignition interlock devices.
- You'll have to pay to use alternate forms of transportation.
- And your insurance will be set to spike significantly. You could be paying for more in insurance for many years following a DUI.
These are significant costs that can dramatically impact your ability to afford other bills in your life. Simultaneously, it can affect your ability to get back on your feet after a DUI charge.
This is why it is imperative to fight DUI charges no matter the circumstances. With an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, you can proceed with your defense with confidence.
Source: BACtrack, "The High Cost of a DUI," Accessed March 16, 2017