1. Increased Difficulty Finding Employment
DUI conviction may cause difficulties finding a new job, leading to financial difficulties. In fact, unemployment is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy. If you do not find the right DUI lawyer, you may be searching for a bankruptcy lawyer.
2. Higher Insurance Premiums
Many drivers convicted of a DUI will have to purchase special insurance coverage, such as SR-22, which increases the cost of driving.
3. High DUI Fines and DUI Penalties
Even first time DUI convictions can lead to high DUI fines and penalties. A DUI conviction may result in a license suspension, higher insurance premiums, mandatory jail time, mandatory installation of an interlock device and a criminal record. Heavy DUI fines may cause a severe strain for drivers who are already facing a financial crisis.
4. Court-Mandated Counseling
Many drivers have a hectic work and personal schedule, adding mandatory counseling can cost additional money and time for many drivers.
5. Suspension or Revocation of a Driver’s License
Drivers, even those convicted of a first time DUI, may lose their license for up to 180 days. Most states, in fact, allow the motor vehicle department to immediately suspend the driver’s license if they refuse to submit to a blood alcohol test or if they are operating a motorized vehicle above the legal limit (0.08%).
Keep in mind, the loss of a driver’s license may occur before the driver is convicted of a DUI and may be in addition to any criminal charges filed against the driver. The driver, however, may request an administrative hearing to restore their driving privileges and challenge the administrative license suspension.
6. Criminal Record
Drivers arrested and convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol will have a criminal record that can negatively impact them socially, professionally and personally.
7. Mandatory installation of an Ignition Interlock Device
Using the Ignition Interlock Device to deter drivers from drinking and driving has become an increasingly popular DUI penalty. This machine measures the driver’s blood alcohol concentration levels prior to driving. If alcohol is detected above the allowable limit (which could be as low as 0.02%) the car will not start.
The cost of an Ignition Interlock Device can be high, and drivers are generally required to pay the cost of installation, rental, and maintenance. The expense of operating an Ignition Interlock Device can be as high as $3.00 per day.
8. Potential Jail Term
First time DUI convictions in some states can carry a 6 month to 1 year jail term, and drivers who are arrested for a second DUI may face 9 months to 1 year in jail.
9. Inability to Plea Bargain for a Reduced DUI Sentence
Increased law enforcement and legislative efforts are focused on preventing drivers from operating a motorized vehicle while intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. If the prosecuting attorney and the state have strong evidence that a driver was driving under the influence they may be reluctant to plea bargain with the defendant. If you are arrested for DUI it is very important to find a competent DUI lawyer.
10. Cost of Hiring a DUI Attorney
Do not let a DUI conviction ruin your future. DUI laws can vary by state. It is important to contact a DUI lawyer who can review your state’s DUI laws and determine the best course of action for your DUI arrest. There are many factors that can increase DUI penalties. DUI attorneys can be expensive, but the cost of not hiring a DUI lawyer can be even higher.
This is a guest post provided by Aaron Kruse. Kruse is the content producer for www.duiattorneyhome.com, a lead generation website for attorneys nationwide. The focus of the website is to give you valuable DUI and DWI information and to assist you if you decide hiring an attorney is right for you.