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Hidden Costs of a DUI Conviction

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, call (949) 537-2202.