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What a DUI Conviction Can Truly Cost You in Illinois

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DuPage County DUI Defense LawyerIn the state of Illinois, over 20,000 drivers are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on an annual basis. Despite the staggering numbers of DUI arrests, it is important to recognize the severity of a conviction. Not only will a DUI conviction lead to a misdemeanor charge on your criminal record, but it can also lead to loss of income, various other expenses, and even potential jail time. Below we will examine the true cost of a DUI conviction, and why you need to hire a skilled DUI defense attorney in the event of an arrest. 

Potential Loss of Income

First and foremost a DUI conviction can cost you your employment. For many employers, a misdemeanor charge and a public arrest are enough to warrant termination. If aggravating factors were present, and the conviction ultimately constitutes felony charges, the likelihood of termination is even higher. Even if you are able to keep your employment, community service hours and possible jail time will result in income loss.

The Cost of Regaining Your Driving Privileges 

After being convicted of a DUI, the convicted party will face a one-year license revocation period. In the vast majority of cases, a driver will be able to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) but only after installing a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, installation and monitoring expenses of a BAIID usually costs an offender upwards of $1,400 annually. At the conclusion of the revocation period, you will be able to reinstate your license, but this process will cost approximately $500 as well. 

Insurance Spikes

When most people think of expenses related to a DUI they think of potential fines. In all reality, the most costly expenses can come in the form of rising insurance rates. For insurance companies, a DUI conviction is a red flag that warrants significant rises in payments. In the state of Illinois, one must obtain high-risk auto insurance after being convicted of a DUI. The driver will have to continue to pay for this insurance for a minimum of three years which can cost more than $1,000 annually. 

Contact a Lombard DUI Defense Attorney

While the financial ramifications of a DUI conviction can seem strong, the good news is that a skilled attorney may be able to help you avoid a conviction. Through expert legal consulting and strategizing, our team at McMahon Law Offices will do everything in our power to see that the charges against our clients are dropped. To schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable DuPage County criminal defense lawyer, call us today at 630-953-4400. 

 

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/BAIID/baiid.html#fees

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