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What could a DUI conviction cost you?

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2019 | Criminal Defense |

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.