When people think about the costs of a DUI, they often only consider the monetary fines. However, there are other hidden costs that can be just as detrimental, if not more so.
Loss of employment
Many employers have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to DUI convictions and can immediately fire employees who’re convicted. This can obviously lead to a major loss in income and stability. This is especially true for people who have DUI convictions on their record, and those whose jobs require them to drive.
Difficulty in finding housing and employment
If you have a DUI on your record, it can be difficult to find housing because many landlords do not want to rent to people with DUIs on their record, as they may be seen as high-risk tenants. On top of that, many employers conduct background checks and may not hire people with DUI convictions. This can obviously lead to a major loss in income and stability.
Increased insurance rates
Insurance companies view DUI convictions as high-risk and often raise rates significantly, or even drop coverage altogether. This can obviously lead to a major loss in income and stability.
These are just some of the hidden costs of a DUI conviction that people often don’t consider.
Loss of your driving license and DUI classes
A DUI conviction will often result in the loss of your driving license for a period of time. This can obviously lead to a major loss in income and stability, as you may not be able to get to work or appointments. You may also need to take DUI classes, which can be both time-consuming and expensive.
The bottom line is that a DUI conviction can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. If you haven’t been arrested for DUI, be sure to stay safe on the roads. If you have been arrested for DUI, it’s important to understand all of the potential defenses that may be available to you. DUI convictions can stay on your record for years and have a major impact on your life, but you may get your charges reduced or even dismissed if your defense is strong.