Getting a DUI can dramatically upend your life. You may end up going to jail for a period of time. After your release, you will likely find yourself dealing with added costs resulting from your conviction.
Some DUI-related expenses include bail and the fee to release your vehicle from the impound. As U.S. News and World Report explains, there are other costs you may bear later on.
As a result of your DUI, you could lose your driving license. If so, you will have to seek other forms of transportation. If family or friends cannot give you a ride, you will probably have to put money aside to take a bus, a cab or use a rideshare service.
DUIs can significantly increase auto insurance premiums. You could pay 20 to 25% more on your insurance for the foreseeable future. Some people see their premiums remain high for up to ten years. You might also have trouble getting an insurer to cover you if you need new insurance.
A DUI can make it hard for you to find a job. Even if an employer will consider you, you may need to take a urine test or a drug screening. Sometimes you will have to pay for one of these tests, which could come to $100.
As a condition of regaining your driving privileges, state authorities may require you to put an ignition interlock device into your vehicle. This device might cost you up to $150. You could have other fees to pay to keep it in your vehicle for the duration of its use.
Given how burdensome these costs can become, it is important to know your legal options after undergoing a DUI arrest.