When charged with driving under the influence, a conviction can have far-reaching consequences on your finances. It is an often overlooked aspect of a DUI since most people’s concerns are usually on the legal ramifications of a guilty verdict, like jail terms.
Below are some ways a DUI conviction could dent your bank account.
Legal fees and fines
You probably had legal representation in your case, and it does not usually come cheap. On top of that, the court may have imposed a fine as part of the sentence upon conviction. All these could add up to a tidy sum.
Your career may be affected
A DUI conviction paints a picture of recklessness which could affect your job. For instance, if you are a commercial driver, you could lose your driving license, which may be your only source of income.
Similarly, a conviction could tarnish your reputation. Depending on your occupation, you may lose some present or potential clients. You might also get dismissed from your job if you end up with a custodial sentence.
Your auto insurance will increase
Due to the increased risk of causing an accident, you are likely to pay higher insurance premiums if convicted of drunk driving. Over time, the additional insurance payments can accumulate to a significant figure, money you could have saved or diverted to other meaningful uses.
Protecting your interests
While some costs of a DUI are unavoidable, it will save you a lot if you avoid a conviction. If you are aware of the aspects of the law that will apply and any existing loopholes in your case that could work in your favor, it is possible to defend against the charges successfully. It will help you avoid these and other collateral damages of a conviction.