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Do you know the real cost of a DUI?

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other safety agencies began tracking the number of injuries and deaths related to impaired driving, laws have been changing. The maximum limit for blood alcohol concentration has dropped, fines have increased and jail time for convictions has lengthened. In Georgia and nearly every state, a DUI conviction most certainly means the loss of your license, at least for a period of time.

The purpose of these penalties is to make you think twice before getting behind the wheel after you have been drinking. However, aside from the fines you may pay, you may not be aware of how devastating the financial consequences of a DUI conviction can be, and even a first offense may cost you dearly.

Hold on to your wallet

You may be fortunate to have a few extra thousand dollars in your bank account, but most people do not have that kind of money to throw away. Even if you do have extra cash, you probably have better things to do with it than covering the expenses of a DUI conviction, which can total as much as $25,000. You will certainly have to pay a fine of up to $1,000 for a first offense. However, you may not realize you are responsible for the following expenses:

  • Bail following your initial arrest
  • Court costs, including a sentencing fee, jail fee and probation fees
  • The cost of urine tests and other screenings the court may require as part of your sentencing
  • Community service fee, which does not include the wages you may lose if you have to miss work to perform your service
  • The cost of installing and maintaining an ignition interlock device, which Georgia mandates for all DUI offenders
  • Licensing reinstatement fees
  • Substance abuse counseling or education

In addition to these fees, you may have personal expenses to consider, such as the substantial hike in your insurance rates, the cost of finding an alternative source of transportation, and towing and impound fees for your car.

Protect your future

You may also have to face the real possibility that a DUI conviction will damage your career or hinder your ability to find work in your chosen field. If your job requires you to drive or travel, your employer may find you too great of an insurance risk, especially if you use a company vehicle. Additionally, a DUI conviction may disqualify you from a job that requires a clean criminal record.

It is not uncommon for those with DUI convictions to suffer long-term financial struggles. While refusing to drive after drinking is the best option, seeking legal assistance after a DUI arrest may prove beneficial.

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