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Understanding the social and economic costs of a DUI charge

On Behalf of | May 26, 2021 | DUI

Most people already know that there are legal consequences to getting a DUI. If you get a DUI for driving under the influence, you’ll pay court fees, potentially lose your license and may even end up in prison.

Outside of the legal system, though, there are other penalties and issues that you may run into. For example, there are issues such as:

  • Losing your job because of a DUI arrest or charge
  • The hit to your reputation if the DUI is in the news or media
  • Familial consequences, such as losing income or a breakdown in relationships
  • Impacts on child custody, if you’re divorced with children
  • Licensing issues in your career, such as losing your medical or legal licenses

As you can see, there are many different problems that can arise from a DUI, especially upon conviction. That’s why it’s important to defend yourself and fight against a conviction to the best of your ability. Your attorney’s job will be to work with you to create a strong defense and, hopefully, to get the charge dropped.

How are your finances impacted by a DUI?

To start with, you’ll have the financial impact of the court costs and fees. If you caused injuries or damage, then you may have to use your insurance to cover the victims’ losses. That will likely spike your insurance costs if the company doesn’t end your policy completely.

If you do maintain auto insurance, it’s likely to increase in cost because of a DUI, even if no one was hurt. You may no longer be able to drive, which may cost you more in bus fares or travel expenses when trying to get to work. In some cases, you may lose your license and be unable to work, such as if you have a commercial driver’s license.

These are just a few ways that you could be financially and socially impacted by a DUI. The court case is just one aspect of your situation to be concerned about. Your attorney will help you take steps to protect your reputation and to help mitigate the fallout from an arrest.

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