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What Happens if You're Caught Driving Under the Influence?

There are serious consequences to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not only is driving under the influence dangerous for you and every other motorist and pedestrian out there, but it is also very expensive and inconvenient. We have outlined for you just a few of the things that can occur if you are caught driving under the influence.

Get Your License Revoked

You will lose your license if you are caught driving under the influence. The best way to get your license back is to work with a DUI attorney who can review the circumstances of your arrest and identify a winning strategy for getting your license back or at least reducing your penalties.

Pay the Fees and Fines

You will have to pay court fees and fines associated with your DUI arrest of course, but if you are convicted, you are looking at tens of thousands of dollars over the next few years. For a teenager's first DUI offense, the cost over 13 years is over $45,000. This includes the increased cost of auto insurance.

Attend Treatment

If the court determines that you have a drug or alcohol problem, you may be required to go through court-mandated drug or alcohol rehabilitation and treatment.

Ignition Interlock Device

Many times, one of the sentences for driving under the influence is having to get an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. These are incredibly inconvenient and are devices similar to breathalyzers that prevent a person from drinking and driving.

Pay More for Auto Insurance

Finally, on top of everything else, the cost of your auto insurance is going to go up as well. In most states, if convicted of DUI, you will be required to carry an SR-22 on your insurance. This is a certificate that essentially states that you have insurance and it is going to cost you extra for as long as you are required to have it.