The High Price Of A DUI Conviction
If someone invited you to a party or gathering recently, you probably made some plans before you went. You likely planned what you would wear, what time you would arrive, and what food you might bring. You probably remembered to feed the dog and to leave the porch light on in case it was dark when you got home. After making all these arrangements, you may have forgotten the most important preparation of the night.
Neglecting to arrange a designated driver or other safe ride home likely brought your evening of fun to an abrupt halt. Maybe you didn’t even think you would need one. Maybe you didn’t even realize that you were too intoxicated to drive. Arizona and most other states seem to be tightening their DUI laws each year. Gone are lenient sentences and slaps on the wrist. In fact, a DUI conviction could prove a very costly mistake.
BAC MEANS ‘BROKE AFTER CONVICTION’
If police pulled you over before you had an accident that caused harm to yourself or others, you probably feel fortunate. However, you still have a great many factors to consider, should your arrest lead to a conviction. A DUI will make your life a lot more difficult in many ways. There are social costs, costs with your employer, and an overwhelming number of financial and other costs, such as:
- A minimum of $1500 in fines and fees for a first offense, increasing with each subsequent offense
- Towing fees
- Increased auto insurance
- Counseling fees for court-ordered classes
- Potential installation and monthly fee for ignition interlock on every vehicle you drive – not just the one involved in the DUI
- Cost of a restricted license, so you can go to work.
- Cost of cab rides if you are unable to install an ignition interlock or obtain a restricted license.
You may also lose time from work for court dates, community service, counseling appointments and jail time. A license suspension means bumming rides and possibly showing up late for work. Depending on the kind of work you do, a DUI conviction may cost you your job altogether. Delivery drivers, truckers, and people who regularly work around cars won’t likely be welcome back in their workplaces after a DUI conviction.
In short, it’s safe to say that a DUI is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever go through, short of purchasing a home or raising a child. Lawyers can also be expensive, but taking your chances by allowing an underqualified person to represent you in court can turn out to be much more expensive. If you can avoid having a DUI disrupt your life, everything will go back to normal. You can’t put a price on maintaining your reputation and eliminating the obstacles that a DUI will bring.
PROTECTING YOUR FUTURE
Leaving your future to chance is risky when it comes to a drunk driving arrest. With the harsh penalties you face for a conviction, you may be dealing with the repercussions for years to come. Remembering that the negative consequences of a DUI go beyond paying a fine or doing community service, you may find that doors close and opportunities vanish with a DUI conviction on your record.
Without a doubt, you want to avoid those negative consequences if possible. By enlisting the help of an experienced criminal DUI attorney, you will have strong representation and defense of your rights. A great lawyer may be able to help you prevent a one-time mistake from becoming an indelible mark on your criminal history.
After examining the evidence against you, your attorney will work to find the flaws and weaknesses in the government’s case, and use them to your advantage. We’ll review the traffic stop, and we’ll also require proof that the breath and blood testing equipment was properly calibrated. Mistakes on the part of law enforcement officers aren’t your mistakes to pay for. Call us or use our contact form to request a free consultation. We’ll get started on your case right away.