We all know it, being convicted of
driving under the influence (DUI) subjects drivers to numerous penalties. Although the exact penalties
vary from case to case – most convictions result in fines, driver's
license suspension, DUI school, AA classes, and possibly jail time.
While these penalties can be severe by themselves, the hidden costs of
a DUI can be equally challenging in the short and long term. The random
costs and ongoing expenses can be some of the most devastating aspects
of a DUI conviction.
Since most people focus on the "larger" penalties, such as hefty
fines and jail, few realize just how quickly the lesser-known costs add up.
Hidden costs associated with a DUI:
Increased Insurance Premiums – Aside from suspensions or revocations, drivers also receive points
on their license. The more points a driver has, the more they are required
to pay for auto insurance. Increased premiums persist long after drivers
fulfill all terms of their conviction.
Court Fees – Fines associated with DUIs can be steep. But also, various court
fees will be assessed, adding additional expenses convicted drivers are
required to pay.
Driver's License Restoration – Once a driver has completed their
license suspension, they are required to apply for a restoration of their driver's license,
which includes administrative fees from the DMV.
DUI Classes – Many individuals convicted of DUI are required to attend mandatory
DUI classes. These classes are not free. DUI classes are typically a requirement
for driver's license restoration.
Probation – Some individuals, usually those convicted of a second or subsequent
DUI, are required to pay monthly fees for probation.
Work Release / Work Furlough – Sometimes courts require individuals to complete work release programs,
or a convicted driver may request work furlough in lieu of imprisonment.
Both of these programs often require payments.
Ignition Interlock Device – Drivers who are required to install an
ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle face added expenses. They must pay for installation
and removal of the IID, and are required to pay for routine calibration.
Transportation Costs – Individuals with a suspended driver's license may find that
transportation costs quickly add up. This includes costs of public transportation,
taxis, and paying friends or family for rides.
It’s clear that DUI convictions are expensive. These hidden fees
and ongoing costs create additional financial burdens during an already
difficult time, and are among the many reasons why anyone charged with
DUI should work with an experienced DUI attorney who can aggressively
fight their charges.
For more information about the penalties you face, and how an Orange County
DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry can help,