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Drunk Driving Is Expensive

Drunk driving is a serious problem in America. Approximately 28 Americans will die every day in a car accident that involves a drunk driver. It’s no surprise that state governments have cracked down on the amount of drunk drivers on the country’s roads and highways. Drunk driving is expensive to all parties involved, whether you’re involved in an accident or arrested for drunk driving.

Drunk driving is expensive, dangerous and damaging.

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, you put are putting yourself and others at risk of serious injury or death. Even if you do manage to avoid a serious accident, you can get stopped at a roadblock or pulled over by an officer for a traffic violation. A DUI conviction can have serious consequences that can greatly impact your personal and professional life.

A DUI conviction can cost you your driver’s license.

In some states, just one DUI conviction can result in a temporary or full suspension of your driver’s license. Other states may grant you temporary driving privileges that allow you to only go to and from work. Both restrictions can have a detrimental effect on your personal and professional life. If you live in a municipality without proper public transportation, not being able to drive to work can throw you in a cycle of unemployment and financial hardship.

A DUI conviction can cost you your job.

Many companies have a zero-tolerance policy against drunk driving. This is especially true in a job where you may be required to drive a car. Even if your employer doesn’t fire you for a DUI conviction, he or she may not be happy with the work hours you will miss because of court dates.

A DUI can cost you a lot of money.

Are you ready to pay thousands of dollars in court fees, lawyer fees, and fines that come with a DUI conviction? In addition, you might have to pay fees to substance abuse classes for groups similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Moreover, your automobile insurance rates will probably spike after a DUI conviction. Once you are convicted of drunk driving, you could become profiled as a “high-risk” by your insurance company. Some providers might drop you from their plan completely, depending on what you agreed to in the terms and conditions. If your license has been suspended, you will likely have to produce a form by your insurance provider before you can have your driving privileges reinstated. If you were unfortunate enough to have been dropped by your provider, you will now be required to find a provider willing to ensure your motor-vehicle before you can drive again.

Even after you have paid your fees and fines, and had your license reinstated, you can still be affected by a DUIconviction. In many states, insurance companies can increase your premiums for as long as three years after your conviction.

Drunk driving can have serious consequences. Before you get behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks, think about how badly a DUI conviction can hurt you. If you do find yourself charged with a DUI, it is essential to immediately consult a DWI defense attorney. An attorney can help you minimize damage and fallout associated with a drunk driving charge.