If you are charged with a DUI, you may be aware that it could incur jail time or get you a date in court. However, you may not be aware of some of the other things that can happen or the fines you can get due to your arrest. Here is some information you may find useful if you or your loved one is faced with a DUI.
1. Ignition Interlock Device
In many states there is a growing move to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car once you have been convicted of a DUI. In some states, it doesn't matter if it is your first DUI; you will still be required to install the device in your vehicle. The device allows you to have an alcohol breath test every time you want to start the car; in order for the car to start your test result must be negative. These devices usually incur high monthly usage fees, plus you will have to pay an installation fee.
2. Alcohol Consumption Evaluation
A trained counselor will be assigned to you in order to evaluate and make determinations about your pattern of alcohol use. This evaluation will determine if you are suffering from a disorder which involves the overuse of alcohol. You will usually be asked questions about the role alcohol plays in your life. If your evaluator determines that you are abusing alcohol you will usually be asked to participate in an alcohol abuse treatment program before being able to drive again.
3. Increased Auto Insurance
If you are convicted of drunk driving your insurance will be adversely affected. This mean that you will have to get what is known as a special insurance policy. The cost of special insurance policies can be quite hefty. They are often double or triple what your normal coverage without conviction would be. You are usually required to have this type of policy for as much as three years.
4. Fines Will Vary
Your state will most likely have minimum and maximum fees in place for a drunk driving offense. However, these fees are usually not set in stone and will usually be hiked if the circumstances surrounding your arrest involved damaging property, injuring or nearly injuring someone.
Getting a DUI can cost you your freedom and money. The best you can do in a situation like this is to be informed about what you can expect and make sure you have legal representation on standby to help you get through your case. For more information, contact a law office like Daniels Long & Pinsel.