A DUI, OWI or DWI charge can cost you more than your pride or your job - it can cost you upwards of $10,000. MSN Money reports that the costs associated with bail, fines, fees and increased insurance rates are large. This figure is calculated based on a non-accident OWI ticket. If you get into an accident while drinking and driving, you can expect your costs to skyrocket.
A DUI will set you back financially in the following ways:
- Bail: $150 - $2,500
- Towing: $100 - $1,200
- Insurance Costs: At least $4,500
- Legal Fees: $2,000 - $25,000
- Fines: $300 - $1,200
- Alcohol Evaluation: About $150
- Alcohol Education and Treatment: $150 - $2,000
- License Reinstatement Fees: $95 - $250
- Additional Fees: At least $325
In addition to the fees and legal ramifications of an OWI, there are other ways that the charge will affect your earning capacity. These include:
- Life Insurance Premium Increase
- Lost Time from Work = Less Income
- Lose the License? Lose the Job
- Being Fired (jobs such as airline pilot, doctor, stockbroker, lawyer or nurse require a license that may be revoked due to a DWI conviction)
- A DUI will appear on any Criminal Background Check (costing you a potential job)
Of course the monetary cost of a DUI is large, but not as large as the burden placed on those whose loved ones are killed in a drunk driving accident. In 2007, the NHTSA found that in Illinois alone, 362 people were killed during accidents with drunk drivers. The numbers are similar for Wisconsin, where 34% of the states deadly auto accidents involved alcohol.
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you have the right to file a personal injury or wrongful death law suit. Please contact your experienced attorney at Hupy and Abraham today for your free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. With offices in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, we are here for you where you need us, when you need us. 800.800.5678.