The Hidden Cost of a DUI in Minnesota

We all know that consuming alcohol can impair your ability to safely operate your motor vehicle. Beyond the dangers of operating your vehicle under the influence and the fact that you can go to jail, there are other hidden costs of a DUI conviction in Minnesota that you may have never thought of.

Of course, being charge with a DUI offense will be extremely upsetting to your family and loved ones. Putting then through the fear and anguish of your DUI trial can cause irreparable rifts in any family, no matter how strong.

In addition to hurting loved ones, you could put your employment in jeopardy if you are charged or convicted of a DUI offense. As your Minnesota DUI lawyer may advise you, some employers do have clauses in their condition of employment that state that you must not be convicted of a DUI offense. This is particularly true if driving a vehicle is one factor of your ongoing employment.

It isn’t just your current employment that is in jeopardy. Any potential employer can obtain your DUI record and many will seriously consider this report when deciding whether to hire you. Your DUI conviction can haunt your employment efforts for years to come.

Another concern is your ability to obtain auto insurance after a conviction. It is a common complaint that after a DUI offense, the rates insurance companies charge skyrocket. In fact, these insurance rates can stay high for many years after your conviction, even if it was your first offense.

Your Minneapolis DUI lawyer may advise you that yet another hidden cost of a DUI conviction can be the difficulty in getting your license reinstated. Oftentimes after a lengthy suspension period (sometimes up to three years), you can have your license reinstated, but the fees are often cost prohibitive for some individuals.

There are even more potential hidden costs to a DUI conviction such as:

  • The cost of jail/work release/electronic home monitoring.
  • Impatient and outpatient treatment (at your cost).
  • Increased cost of health insurance.
  • Being prevented from entering foreign countries.
  • Difficulties changing or obtaining life/disability insurance.

The severity of these hidden costs highlights how important it is to find a DUI lawyer in Minneapolis with the experience, knowledge and dedication to help you with your DUI charge. William L. Walker, from Walker Law Office, has many years of experience that he will put to work for you. As your Minneapolis DUI lawyer, he will bring his education, experience and compassion to your case working to obtain the best possible outcome. Call his office today and book your appointment.