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A DUI conviction can result in dire financial consequences

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | DUI/DWI

The prospect of going to jail if you’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) may be your primary concern. While jail time is a real possibility, especially for repeat offenders or those involved in accidents resulting in injury or death, the financial consequences of a DUI conviction can be just as daunting for many alleged offenders.

You may be subject to fines if you’re found guilty. The amount can vary, depending on the circumstances of your DUI offense. For instance, you could be fined up to $1000 as a first-time offender and $2000 for a second offense. Additionally, you may incur expenses associated with other legal penalties, like the installation of an ignition interlock device or attending a mandatory alcohol education program.

Increased insurance costs

Insurance companies may also classify you as a high-risk driver for driving under the influence. As a result, your insurance premiums will likely increase significantly in the event of a conviction. It’s not uncommon for insurance premiums to double or even triple after a DUI conviction. Your current insurance provider may even cancel your policy, forcing you to find an alternative, which can be much more expensive.

Loss of income

You may be unable to work due to incarceration or a license suspension if your job involves driving. This could mean that a conviction may result in job loss. It may also be difficult to secure employment with a criminal record, as most employers conduct background checks before hiring and a DUI conviction can disqualify you from certain positions.

Other hidden costs

If your license is suspended, you may need to pay for alternative transportation, such as rideshares or public means. These costs can add up quickly and contribute to the overall financial burden of a DUI conviction.

There is so much at stake from a legal and financial perspective if you have been charged with a DUI. Seeking legal guidance is essential to better ensure a favorable outcome to your circumstances. Statistically, the U.S. criminal courts just don’t work very favorably when defendants choose to self-represent their interests.