Unexpected Potential Consequences of a DUI Charge

At Elizabeth Lawrence Law, we always emphasize the importance of selecting an experienced attorney to help with DUI and DWI cases. That’s because there are several repercussions associated with DUI charges that can truly have long lasting effects.  An attorney with experience defending those facing DUI accusations can minimize the risk of punishments that you maybe weren’t even aware of.

Unexpected Potential Consequences of a DUI Charge

DUI Courses

In some cases, you may be required to complete DUI courses after a conviction. These courses are typically spread over a few days to meet the 12-14-hour course requirements. If you are required to attend one of these courses, you will have to sacrifice your time to attend the course and also pay for your seat. These courses typically cost between $150 and $300.

Ignition Interlock Programs

If you are charged with a DUI, there is a chance that you will be forced to enroll in an ignition interlock program. If this happens, an interlock device will be connected to your vehicle that only allows the car to start once you pass a breathalyzer test. Having to complete a breathalyzer test every time you drive is quite pesky, but that is only the beginning. You will also have to purchase the device and they aren’t always very cheap. On top of that, you may be subject to installation/removal fees and recurring monthly fees for the device.

Increased Insurance Rates

Our auto insurance rates are directly tied to the safety level of our driving, so it’s no surprise that a DUI charge can lead to a spike in your car insurance bills. Did you know that your health insurance could also go up? Serious or repeated DUI charges can be viewed as a sign of alcoholism, and insurance companies can boost premiums to compensate for this new risk.

Employment Complications

Being charged with a DUI can introduce a host of employment complications. There is always the potential that an employer will fire a DUI recipient because of the associated criminal charges. At this point, finding new employment will likely be quite difficult as well. A perpetual habit of dangerous driving could even lead to professional license forfeitures.

We Can Help You Avoid a DUI or DWI Conviction or Minimize Your Punishment

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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