August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Drunk driving is a common occurrence throughout the U.S. In 2011, 27,314 people were arrested for drunk driving in Colorado alone. 367 of these were drivers under the age of 18, according to The Century Council. Because of the severity of drunk driving, the charges come with high penalties
and are very expensive even for those with first-time arrests. Especially for younger drivers, these consequences can be life-changing. There are many people who have been arrested for drunk driving who would appreciate the chance to turn their lives around, avoid jail time and fees and keep from hurting anyone else.
A DUI will cost thousands of dollars
According to MSN, a driver's first conviction will cost him or her at least $10,000, while the amount is usually around $15,000. Someone who has been convicted of drunk driving not only faces expensive fees, but may go to jail or get a license suspension, says DMV.org. Many people who receive a DUI charge might not realize how it can affect them financially:
Bail of several hundred to thousands of dollars
DUI classes that can cost hundreds of dollars
License reinstatement fees in the hundreds
Court costs and fines
Raised insurance costs (an average of 19 percent for about 3 years)
Ignition interlock installation and monthly rental fees of about $100
Adding to these challenges is the possibility of losing a job after a DUI conviction, which can make it difficult to repay all the fees and fines.
The chance to start over
The Longmont Times-Call told about a Boulder man who was saddened to hear himself called a menace to society by a judge, after having been arrested several times for drunk driving. Describing himself as a caring person, he entered into a rehabilitation program through Boulder County Jail and made a commitment to change his ways. A woman involved in the same program said that she was glad she'd been held accountable for her drinking and driving, and was grateful she had the opportunity to learn from her experience before someone was hurt.
Contacting an attorney for help
Fees, jail time and programs are designed to keep other from being hurt or killed by drunk drivers, as well as give those with convictions the chance to change their ways before there are irreversible lifelong consequences. However, the high costs of receiving a DUI may be too difficult for many people to handle, even if they're willing to make amends. Contacting an attorney with experience in drunk driving cases will help those with DUI charges to navigate the court system, and may help some to reduce or eliminate some charges, depending on the severity of the DUI arrest.