Everyone knows that a DUI conviction comes with fines. In Pennsylvania, even your first offense could mean you pay fines. If you already have other convictions on your record, you could pay far more.
The thing to remember, though, is that a DUI conviction comes with a lot of other hidden costs. You do not pay these up front, but you will pay them over time. Some experts have even claimed you could lose $10,000 by the time it’s all behind you.
For instance, your drivers license could be suspended, and that means you may not be able to get to work. If you cannot get to work, you will be losing wages until you get your license back. You may be terminated and simply be replaced at work. Your employer cannot or will not wait a year for your return — the length of time for the license suspension on a second or third offense.
Some companies also have policies stating that employees will be terminated if they get arrested for driving under the influence. Even if you can simply take the bus or get a ride to work, there is no guarantee that you will be keeping your job.
On top of that, once you get your license back and try to renew your automobile insurance, you will likely find that your rates have gone up – a lot – or you’ve been dropped. The insurance company now considers you a high-risk driver, and is not taking any chances.
You are losing money every month that you don’t work and you are paying more every month for your insurance. It all adds up very quickly. If you’re facing charges, it is critical that you know all of the legal options available to you in order to protect your future. Contact the Quinn Law Firm at 814-833-2222 for a free consultation.
Source: Nerd Wallet, “How Much Does a DUI Cost?,” accessed March 27, 2018