Not all of the consequences of a DUI are legal. Facing criminal penalties can seem like the most serious and dangerous issue to deal with after being charged with a DUI.
However, it is critical that Kentuckians also understand just how much a DUI can cost them and affect their lives if they do not take action against these charges.
The financial cost of a DUI is high
Aside from the legal consequences, the financial penalties of a DUI are also commonly known. After all, there are several ad campaigns that air across the country warning about the costs of a DUI. These costs can range from:
- Fines ranging from $200 to $1,000, depending on the offense
- Additional fees, including a mandatory $375 service fee
- Bail costs between $150 and $2,000
- Ignition interlock device use, costing between $70 and $1,000 per month
- Alcohol education courses and treatment that cost between $150 and $2,000
There are many other costs that are difficult to calculate, including:
- Loss of work and income due to community service
- Paying for public transport during the period of license suspension
- Paying higher insurance premiums and costs
Combining these costs can add up to an average of $15,000.
A DUI can take a toll on your personal relationships
In our society, there is quite a stigma that surrounds even a DUI charge. Many people feel ashamed and stressed after receiving a drunk driving conviction. And this can lead them to withdraw from close relationships with friends and family.
However, friends and family might act differently around someone convicted of a DUI. They might not feel safe when that person drives or become unfairly judgmental or critical of that person’s actions.
The feelings on both sides of these relationships can place a lot of strain on the individuals.
DUI charges can put career opportunities on hold
In Kentucky, it is possible that an employer could terminate someone’s employment if they have a DUI conviction on their record. And applying for a new job is often difficult too, as almost all employers conduct a background check of potential employees.
Driving drunk might be a mistake, but it is a mistake that could significantly affect someone’s life and future if a conviction stays on their record. That is why it is critical to fight these charges as soon as possible.