A charge of driving while intoxicated, aka DUI, can happen to virtually anyone at any time. While some drivers may not realize it, the DUI can come with serious financial and social consequences. If you or a loved one are currently facing DUI charges in the California area, it’s important to realize that the following costs may apply to your situation:
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI, you may be offered the chance to receive bail. In these cases, a bail bond agency will arrange your bail for only 10% of the full bail amount, allowing your release from jail until your trial. The bail premium is earned as soon as your bail bond is posted, and collateral may also be required. Monthly payments and even zero down arrangements may be made in most circumstances.
2. Fines and Penalties
Every individual who is arrested for a DUI in California will be facing fines and penalties. Depending on the circumstances of the DUI incident and any prior charges or convictions, a DUI-convicted driver in California may face anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to many thousands of dollars in fines and penalties.
3. Insurance Rates
Drivers convicted of a DUI will always have to face higher auto insurance rates after a conviction. SR-22 insurance is the standard minimum requirement for DUI-convicted drivers, and the rates for SR-22 premiums can often be many hundreds of dollars per month or more.
4. Alcohol Education
In California, as well as in other states across the country, drivers convicted of a DUI may have to take state-sanctioned alcohol education classes in order to reacquire their license to drive. These classes can cost drivers thousands of dollars in the long run, as well as substantial hours of class time.
In addition to the financial costs of a DUI, other costs may be involved, including:
A) Loss of Employment Opportunities
Some individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a DUI face limited employment opportunities. This means that employers may be less likely to hire a person who has a DUI on their criminal record, and some people even go on to lose their current positions as a consequence.
B) Relationship Stress
Another cost of a DUI is the stress it can place on your personal relationships, friendships and more. Many people convicted of a DUI will be unable to maintain regular transportation, and this means asking for rides from others. Over time, this kind of behavior can cause stress on otherwise healthy relationships. Additionally, the financial burdens caused by a DUI can lead to arguments, resentment and fights.
If you plan to drink, the bottom line is this: don’t drive. The costs associated with a DUI, both financial and social, are not worth the simple enjoyment of a night out. If you drink, whether at home or out on the town, always have a designated driver or sober friend or relative around in case you need transportation. If you do find yourself facing a DUI, you or a loved one should contact Bail Hotline as soon as possible, and then contact a qualified California criminal defense lawyer.