If someone invited you to a party or gathering recently, you probably made some plans before you went. You likely planned what you would wear, what time you would arrive and what food you would bring. You probably remembered to feed the dog and to leave the porch light on in case it was dark when you got home. After making all these arrangements, you may have forgotten the most important preparation of the night.
Neglecting to arrange a designated driver or other safe ride home likely brought your evening of fun to an all-time low. Arizona and most other states seem to be tightening their DUI laws each year. Gone are lenient sentences and slaps on the wrist. In fact, a DUI conviction could prove a very costly mistake.
BAC means 'broke after conviction'
If police pulled you over before you had an accident that caused harm to yourself or others, you probably feel fortunate. However, you still have a great many factors to consider if your arrest should lead to a conviction. For example, the damage to your budget may be more than you bargained for. Some of the costs you may face include:
- A minimum $500 for a first offense, increasing with each subsequent offense
- Court costs
- Towing fee
- Increased auto insurance
- Counseling fees or court-ordered classes
- Potential installation and monthly fee for ignition interlock
You may also lose time from work for court dates, community service, counseling appointments and jail time. A license suspension means bumming rides and possibly showing up late for work. Depending on the kind of work you do, a DUI conviction may cost you your job altogether.
Protecting your future
Leaving your future to chance is risky when it comes to a drunk driving arrest. With the harsh penalties you face for a conviction, you may be dealing with the repercussions for years to come. Remembering that the negative consequences of a DUI go beyond paying a fine or doing community service, you may find that doors close and opportunities vanish with a conviction on your record.
Without a doubt, you want to avoid those negative consequences as much as possible. By enlisting the help of an experienced criminal attorney, you will have strong representation and defense of your rights. After examining the evidence against you, your attorney will work to find the flaws and weaknesses in the opposition's case and use them to your advantage.