You plan on attending a party for New Year’s Eve. Adult beverages will be served, but you know that you can handle your liquor. You aren’t worried about getting home safely. A designated driver isn’t in the cards and you certainly aren’t spending the night on someone else’s couch.
Before you make a decision on how you will be getting home, consider the true costs of a DUI arrest. You may think that you are okay to drive, but will you be able to deal with the financial consequences of a mistake in your thinking?
Let’s assume that you are arrested for a DUI but you didn’t cause any damage to persons or property. You are eventually found guilty. When this happens, you can plan on spending approximately $6,000…more or less. You will have paid for an attorney, for court costs and any fines that you are handed.
Now, let’s pretend that you did indeed cause damage to someone else’s property. Add in the cost of repairing that property to your total. Even if your insurance kicks in, you may find yourself shelling out money from your own pocket. You may also find yourself sued in civil court. Take on another $10,000 or so just to be safe.
If you did cause property damage, plan on losing your license. Now you can tally the cost of finding a ride to and from work and to get your license reinstated. You will also want to count on your insurance premiums going through the roof.
What happens if you hurt someone? Your costs will skyrocket. You may be hit with someone else’s medical bills. You will also be facing time in prison because your DUI charge turned into a felony. That means no job and the possibility of not being able to find a job when you get out.
Still think you can afford to get behind the wheel? Being charged with DUI can have financial consequences that you weren’t prepared to pay. Think about that before you decide to get in the driver’s seat.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our personal injury attorneys are here to assist you. We will review the details of your case at no charge to you. Call us today or browse our website for more information about our firm.