The state of Maryland takes drunk driving charges seriously. You may lose much more than your freedom if you are convicted. You also have to deal with the financial impact of a conviction.
Financial consequences may impact first-time DUI offenders and those with multiple DUI convictions, which is one of the many reasons you must take the charges seriously. Understanding the true financial impact of a DUI is helpful to see why building a strong defense for your case is so important.
DUI related fines
If convicted of a DUI, you will be assessed fines based on the situation and case. For example, a first offense comes with fines of up to $500. However, for a repeat offender whose case involves aggravating factors, the cost can be much higher, often exceeding $1,000.
Increased insurance costs
Insurance companies take a risk when they insure you. If you are convicted of DUI, you are viewed as a higher risk, and your cost for coverage may increase significantly. In some situations, you may be denied coverage completely.
DUI convictions mean points are assessed to your license. You are given 12 points for a DUI and for a DWI eight. Your license will be suspended with eight to 11 points and revoked when you have 12. You must wait two years for the points to be taken off your record, during which time you will have to find other ways to get around. For some, this can be extremely expensive.
Forming a strong legal defense is important if you are charged with a DUI. Doing so may help you avoid some or all of the financial costs associated with a conviction.