DUI Convictions Equals Hefty Fines (US Law)

by Randy Collins on April 28, 2012

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Before getting caught driving under the influence, think about the life-altering implications discussed in this article.  Apart from the risk of causing harm to yourself and others, there are financial  costs to consider, and also the overall toll it’ll have in your life.

Fines will have to be paid, and this will vary depending on the State you’re in. State DUI laws, fines and penalties can be viewed at DrunkDrivingLaws.org.

Regardless of the State you reside in, or were charged, here are some hidden fees you may not have considered:

  • Increased Insurance Premiums – Each new traffic offense give insurance carriers a reason to believe you’re at risk. In addition, some insurance companies can refuse new enrollment applications.
  • DUI Lawyer Fees – As DUI offenses are serious, and usually require a lawyer to minimize sentencing, this is an added cost to think about.
  • Involuntary Manslaughter – According to  The United States Drunk Driving Accident Statistics (2010), 32 % of all fatalities were alcohol-related, while the average number of people who die from these accidents is at least one in every 48 minutes. This comes with additional fines and prison time.
  • Serving Jail Time & Less Employment – Once you accumulate a criminal offense, it’s a lot harder to secure a job, especially in a challenged economy.
  • License Suspension – What if you run a business or work with a company that requires driving on the road daily? This will be cut short if you’re convicted with a DUI offense. Regardless, a suspension of license means less convenience or freedom of movement for you.
  • Travel Restrictions – Some countries enforce strong restrictions on individuals who have been convicted with a DUI arrest.

Other Factors to Consider:

  • Prior convictions
  • Alcohol content in your blood
  • Age of driver and passengers
  • Speedometer readings
  • Accidents or injuries
  • Refusal to take a breath test

These are all factors that a judge will consider to determine how high your fines and penalties will be.

Driving while drunk may cost you more than anticipated. So, before getting drunk, or in the driver’s seat, ensure that you secure a safe driver before heading out and drinking.

Randy Collins

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