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Why DUI convictions can cost more than you realize

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

If the police arrest you on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you’ll undoubtedly be pretty upset. Getting arrested is enough to ruin everyone’s day. Yet, once the initial shock and distress wears off, you might start to become more relaxed about it all. Maybe you will recall other people you know who picked up a DUI, and seem to have carried on with life fairly normally.

While a DUI is not the end of the world, and while it is something many people get, it’s crucial not to underestimate it. The consequences of a conviction can be considerable and they can last for quite some time.

Here are some you might not have considered:

The knock-on effects of decreased mobility

A 120-day license suspicion is automatic for a first DUI conviction. That’s four months. What could four months of being unable to drive mean for you and your family? Will you still be able to get to your place of work? Will your boss keep you on if you can no longer make sales calls? Will your child still make the sports team if you can no longer drive them to team practices?

The increased cost once you can drive again

If you get a DUI conviction, you’ll need to tell your vehicle insurer. Once you are allowed to drive again, you’ll have to pay increased premiums for the privilege. The average rise in Mississippi is 76% and your rates will not drop to their previous level for some years.

A DUI conviction will come at a high cost. With help to explore your defense options, you may be able to avoid them.