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How the financial side of a DUI can hurt you

Drunk driving cases are always serious matters, as the defendant is in a position where he or she could lose so much in their lives. Their job could be at risk because of a DUI; their freedom is at stake; and their long term potential could be stifled if a drunk driving case against them returns a guilty verdict. For all of these reasons, it is imperative to fight any DUI charge to the fullest.

But there is one topic that we didn't discuss in the above paragraph: finances. The financial impact of a DUI on someone's life can be catastrophic, and it is just one more very important reason for anyone facing a DUI to consult with an attorney and fight back.

The cost of a DUI can never be precisely measured, because any given case will be different. DUIs are always unique. But, in general, there are a bunch of financial costs and penalties associated with the charge that can ruin your bank account:

  • The logistics of the police stopping your vehicle will cost you. Towing and impound can cost thousands of dollars, and jail time and chemical testing have fees associated with them.
  • Your court dates and all alcohol treatment meetings and therapy that you have to attend will be paid out of your wallet.
  • All indirect costs will certainly hurt you financially. Your insurance rates will go up. You will have to pay for alternate forms of transportation while your license is suspended. And if you're on probation, you have to pay for that as well.

Source: BACtrack, "The High Cost of a DUI," accessed Jan. 25, 2018

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