What will a DUI conviction actually cost you?

Many people in Tennessee understand that a drunk driving conviction carries fines and the loss of your driver’s license. Depending on your record, it may even carry jail time. But few people understand the real financial costs of a DUI. In today’s posts, we will give you an idea of how a DUI conviction can impact your finances and how we can help you avoid those costs.

The first and most obvious cost of a DUI is the fine. For a first-time offense, you could be ordered to pay as much as $1,500 and no less than $465. If you are required to install an ignition interlock device that you are required to pay for, you could be adding another $1,000 to your total.

Other expenses are less obvious and less clear from the beginning. Your vehicle may need to be towed from the scene of your arrest and you may need to post bail. After a conviction, your insurance rates will likely go up and you may have to pay for alcohol treatment yourself if it is part of your sentence. It also costs money to reinstate your driver’s license.

There are other long-term costs as well. Simply having a DUI on your record can make it difficult to pursue higher-paying employment opportunities. If you drive for a living, you could be out of a job completely.

When all is said and done, a DUI conviction could cost you thousands of dollars. But we may be able to help. At Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga, we have the skills and experience to represent you if you are charged with DUI. Our ultimate goal is always to minimize the effects of a DUI charge on your life. To learn more, visit The True Cost Of A DUI page of our website.

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