John Delk, Attorney at Law
Representing clients In Texarkana, Texas,
and throughout the state of Texas
with serious legal matters.
Representing clients In Texarkana, Texas, and throughout
the state of Texas with serious legal matters.

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5 hidden costs stemming from DWI conviction

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2022 | DWI

A DWI conviction can lead to the usual suspects of penalties: incarceration, stiff fines, restitution, loss of driver’s license and community service. These represent the surface costs stemming from a mistake you wish you had avoided.

However, there are a number of hidden costs from a DWI conviction that will surface. These unexpected costs range from a tainted personal reputation to those tied with rehabilitation programs.

Higher insurance rates

Here is a list of some of the hidden costs related to a DWI conviction:

  • Lost income: Jail time means time away from work. If you do not work, you are not earning any money. Your paycheck will shrink.
  • A tainted reputation: This envelops both your professional and personal lives. Your employer may suspend you or even fire you. In addition, employment opportunities may disappear. Your personal life may take a hit, too, within the community as well as among family and friends.
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device: This breath testing device must be installed in your vehicle if you want to continue driving. It tests a driver’s breath, allowing the car to start only if it finds no trace of alcohol. Costs include those for installing and leasing the device.
  • Higher rates for auto insurance: It is a strong possibility that your insurance rate will double because your carrier now considers you a driving risk. These high rates likely are on par with the rates you paid while a young driver in your teens and early 20s.
  • Costs related to a rehabilitation program: The judge could order you to enroll in a rehabilitation program to address your alcohol abuse. Your employer may have a say in this as well.

You must look beyond the surface for financial costs from a DWI conviction. There may be many.

Help for your dilemma

A DWI arrest likely provides a dilemma that you have never faced. You do not want the arrest to lead to a conviction. Seek legal help in an attempt to get this charge reduced or dismissed.

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