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The financial impact of a DUI conviction goes beyond fines

Facing a DUI charge can affect your life in various ways. While you might be focused on the criminal penalties that you will face, you should also be aware that you will likely have considerable financial effects of the charge, especially if you are convicted. Some estimates note that a DUI conviction can cost you $20,000 by the time you have covered all expenses related to the DUI conviction.

The total cost of a DUI goes far beyond only the fines that you have to pay if you are convicted. The cost can also include your loss of income, which can be considerable since you might spend time in jail and you will have various court dates. It also includes legal fees, bail, court-ordered program costs and the increase in your insurance premiums.

If you lose your driver's license, you will have to pay transportation fees. You might also have to pay for programs and fees that are required for you to get your driver's license back when your suspension period is completed.

Before you head out to parties, you should make sure that you have considered that $20,000 figure. It is up to you to decide if one more drink or driving home after you have been drinking is worth having to come up with that kind of money. If not, consider finding other transportation instead of driving.

If you are already facing a DUI charge, now is the time to try to minimize the financial damage you will face because of the charge. Carefully consider your defense strategy choices so that you can figure out how each one will affect your bank account.

Source: Bankrate, "Drunk driving could cost $20,000," Craig Guillot, accessed May 06, 2016

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