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Financial toll of a DUI: consider these important factors

When you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, there are a number of consequences that accompany the accusation. For example, your personal reputation will be damaged. Your friends and family may view you differently or treat you differently. There could also be professional consequences. You could lose your job or have penalties imposed upon you at your job -- or you could find it difficult to find new work if you don't have a job currently.

But one of the most imposing consequences that a person feels after a DUI is the financial strain of the charge. Everything costs money at every step of the DUI process, and then all of the penalties, fines, fees and other direct or indirect costs affiliated with the DUI can really hurt you.

Consider this: when you are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence, the police will take you in to custody. Your car will be towed and impounded. You'll need to be bailed out of jail. You'll have to go to court. You'll need to enter alcohol treatment and therapy. You'll lose your license and will need it reinstated at some point.

All of those steps cost significant amounts of money.

On top of all of this, you may have a probation officer. That costs money. You'll need to utilize alternate forms of transportation during the time you aren't allowed to drive. Again, that costs money. And, of course, your insurance premiums will go way up, which costs... well, you get the picture.

The point is, a DUI is costly not just in the figurative sense, but in a very literal way too. If you are accused of such an offense, you need to defend yourself to potentially mitigate these costs.

Source: BACtrack, "The High Cost of a DUI," Accessed Feb. 16, 2016

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