Accused of a DUI? Your reputation (and wallet) is on the line

When a Tampa resident is arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving, there are a lot of things to consider in the coming days and weeks. First of all, the accused person wants to get out of jail -- so they have to deal with bail. Then they have to get their car back, followed by a court visit. Depending on what happens in court, a fine associated with the DUI could be paid. In the wake of the court appearance, the person will likely require DUI classes.

The hits keep coming, as the individual's license will need to be reinstated; then, finally, you have to deal with your insurance, which will almost certainly go up. What do you think all of this costs?

In general, a DUI defendant ends up paying $15,000 because of the charge; even first-timers can pay as much as $10,000. Where do these costs come from? Usually from sources the DUI defendant doesn't consider. For example, you have to pay for the DUI classes on your own; on average, a DUI defendant's insurance will increase 19 percent; and there will be numerous fees and fines to pay for the procedural aspects surrounding the DUI charge.

When you are accused of driving under the influence or operating a vehicle while intoxicated, there is a lot at stake. Your personal reputation can be ruined; your job may be on the line and, ultimately, your professional reputation would take a hit. However, do not overlook the financial side of a drunk driving charge. It is vital to vigorously defend these charges from the get-go, to try to minimize the damage in these areas.

Source: MoneyTalksNews, The Extremely High Cost of a DUI," Craig Donofrio, May 31, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Badge 1
  • Badge 2
  • Badge 3
  • Badge 4
  • Badge 5
  • Badge 6
  • Badge 7
  • Badge 8

Contact O'Brien Hatfield, PA for a free case evaluation today

In Tampa, call (813) 345-4909. In Orlando, call (888) 496-5916 . For fast answers, email us using the form below.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Footer Brand

Tampa Bay Office
511 West Bay Street Suite 330
Tampa, FL 33606

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 407-686-1696
Phone: 813-345-4909
Tampa Law Office Map

Central Florida Office
121 South Orange Avenue Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 407-686-1696
Orlando Law Office Map

South Florida Office
Northbridge Tower
515 North Flagler Drive
Suite P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 407-686-1696
South Florida Office Map

South Florida Office
Brickell Bay Office Tower
1001 Brickell Bay Drive
Suite 2700 M-1
Miami, FL 33131

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 305-859-0046
Miami Law Office Map