The following are just some of the estimated costs involved: $100 for car towing; $30 per day for car storage after impound; $250 minimum fine; $75 for the Safe Neighborhood Fund; $30 for the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund; $50 Victim Compensation Fund; $200 to reinstate your driver’s license; $3,000 MVC Surcharge; $100 IDRC classes. All told, that’s a minimum of $6,835.00. But our estimates are fairly conservative, so final costs may be considerably higher. That’s before you factor in attorney’s fees!
Some of the unforeseen expenses include: excessive court fines; higher car insurance rates; fines to install and maintain an interlock device in your vehicle if the Judge orders you to install one; MVC surcharges of $1,000 per year for three years; travel and commuting expenses for work if you required to forfeit your driving privileges for a period of time.
If you are found guilty of a DUI your car insurance rates may go up by 74%. That might make your car insurance costs go up by more than a thousand dollars a year.
You may alsolose any package insurance or safe driver savings you have. A DUI also makes it harder to get insurance if you need to move or if your current company drops you.
There are also unforeen costs if you hold a commercial driver’s license. If you are a commercial driver, any guilty plea, whether there is no loss of license on the non-commercial aspect of your driver’s license, requires you to forfeit your commercial driving privileges for a minimum of 1 year. If you are found guilty of a second or subquent DWI/DUI, you forfeit your commercial driver’s license indefinitely.
The chances of successfully beating a DUI/DWI charge are extremely slim if you do not hire the right attorney. A DUI Conviction can have lasting consequences on your life, including the payment of fines, penalties, and the possibility of a license suspension or even jail time. By hiring an experienced DWI attorney, you can make sure to avoid the worst monetary consequences that may come with a conviction. What’s more, if your attorney can identify a defense strategy that gets you’re a favorable result, you can not only avoid having to pay all of the fees that are associated with this type of offense, you might be able to avoid having a DWI on your record completely!
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