Many people fear getting a DUI because of the embarrassment of being stopped for drunk driving. They may also worry about having a DUI on their permanent record and the possibility of losing their driving privileges.
In addition to these consequences, there is the matter of cost. Being charged with a DUI can result in thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, and legal representation fees. On top of the customary expenses, there are lesser known costs too.
For example, if your car is impounded, there is a fee to get it back. If you are ordered to install an ignition interlock device to prevent future drunk driving with the help of an on board breathalyzer, the cost is yours. If a judge feels that alcohol education is called for, the tuition will be paid by you.
Of course, handling any legal matter takes time and as they say, time is money. You will have to miss work to go to court, classes and community service as required. There is always a risk that a DUI will result in having a professional license revoked, which could leave you in a lurch when trying to maintain or find employment. The loss of income can figure into the overall costs of a DUI prominently.
A DUI charge is a serious matter with costly consequences. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is recommended that you work with an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer in an effort to fight the charges or gain leniency in an effort to keep your driving privileges and reduce the overall impact of a conviction.
Contact the Law Offices of Ronald L. Bell PC for help with your drunk driving defense today. Ron has been awarded the American Institute “10 Best DUI/DWI Attorney in Client Satisfaction” 2014-2016 and he welcomes the opportunity to help you. Call today 847-495-6000.