Timothy O. McCalep

Finances a big part of the DUI equation

The legal consequences of a DUI are very severe, and they can stick with a person for a long time. It can be difficult to get a job, find a new place to live, or to recover from the criminal history that follows you everywhere you go. However, there are also some severe financial factors to consider when it comes to a diving under the influence charge.

When you are pulled over under the suspicion of a DUI and arrested, the police will tow and impound your car. Those two things can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. When you go through sentencing, attend your court date, pay fines and associated fees with the whole process, pay for an ignition interlock and other costs, altogether it can cost you many thousands more.

Then there are the costs associated with the increase in insurance premiums that will likely stick with you for many years. You will also have to pay for alcohol treatment and therapy.

Now, every case will be a little different, and the costs will vary from person to person. But in general, you can expect your DUI to cost you at least $10,000, if not more. This is a severe financial penalty for a legal violation.

It is for this reason that you need to defend yourself against DUI claims, and the best way to defend yourself is with an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Without this legal help, you risk suffering the worst penalties, both legal and financial in nature.

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