The costs of a New Hampshire DUI conviction extend far beyond the jail time, fines, or community service most people think of concerning a conviction. According to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the costs that come with being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), or drunk driving, include lost time and lost opportunities as well as lost money.
First, a conviction of DUI or DWI costs drivers an average of $6,000 for a first conviction, according to the FMCSA. This cost includes fines, increased insurance rates, towing costs, and more. With many states cracking down on drunk driving by increasing fines, a second or third DUI conviction can cost even more, especially if the driver is required to take an alcohol or drug intervention program or to have an ignition interlock device installed in his or her car.
Also, the FMCSA estimates that receiving a DUI conviction can cost a driver a great deal in lost time. For instance, a driver may lose time from work for court dates, community service, or an alcohol treatment program. If the driver’s license is suspended, he or she may have to rely on public transportation or walking, which take more time than using a car.
Finally, according to the FMCSA, a DUI conviction may mean a driver misses out on opportunities. For instance, a driver’s car insurance rates may go up, eating up money the driver would otherwise have had for other purchases or hobbies. Also, a DUI conviction may result in a driver losing his or her job or being passed over for a promotion.
A New Hampshire drunk driving conviction has serious consequences. That’s why the experienced New Hampshire DUI defense attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A. fight for the best possible outcome for each client we represent. For a confidential consultation by telephone, call us today at (603) 624-3700.