Collateral Consequences Of A Drunk Driving Conviction In Utah
Are People Generally Surprised At The Collateral Consequences A DUI Conviction Can Have On Their Lives?
When an attorney gives them an overview of how the DUI charge that they’re facing can impact their life if they are convicted, people are generally surprised.
One of the consequences of a DUI conviction is that you have a 10-year waiting period before you can have it expunged if it’s a misdemeanor. A DUI conviction will also result in an alcohol restriction being placed on your license for 2 to 10 years depending on the case. That means no alcohol whatsoever while you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, not even one beer.
Another surprise a DUI conviction can have on someone is that a person would be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their car. Those are the machines you have to blow into to see if there is any alcohol detected before your car will start. They are expensive, and cost a considerable amount of frustration because they lock themselves out, or they can go off while you’re driving down the freeway.
A DUI conviction will also result in a suspended driver’s license for 120 days to 3 years. It also creates a prior offense for future enhancement, which is why it cannot be expunged for 10 years. Moreover, a conviction can revoke a concealed carry permit in Utah. These are just a few of the biggest consequences a person may have to face with a DUI conviction.
What Are The Financial Consequences That Someone With A DUI Conviction On Their Record Might Face?
When you see ads that are put on by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers or National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration, you see that a DUI can cost you easily $10,000. In some cases, that can just be in attorney’s fees.
With the DUI conviction, you’d additionally face decreased earning ability due to the criminal conviction. There have been cases where people have been turned down for jobs, and they’ve been denied promotions because of this. Auto insurance premiums increase for a period of at least 3 years, sometimes they double, whereas some insurance companies won’t even carry the driver once they’ve been convicted of a DUI.
With the license suspension, there is the cost of alternate transportation such as buses, or taxies. A person will have to rely on friends and family which can be embarrassing. Some of the basic financial costs are the court fines themselves and surcharges. In Utah, that can be anywhere from $1,400 to $5,000 depending on the case and the court. The ignition interlock system is also pretty pricy. It can run $1,200 to $1,500 for the time period required. Then there are probation costs which are usually $25 to $50 a month for 12 to 18 months of probation, sometimes longer, depending on the case.
There is the administrative impound fee of $350 in Utah that the offender has to pay to have their car released from the wrecking yard. Sometimes there are bail bond fees, and there can be treatment and counseling costs factored in as well. For any drug or alcohol conviction in Utah, there is going to be a requirement of drug and alcohol assessment and likely follow the recommendations.
A DUI gets to be quite expensive. The right DUI attorney can help reduce a lot of those costs or even make them all go away.
If you need information about the Collateral Consequences Of A Drunk Driving Conviction In Utah, call the law office of Attorney Matthew Nebeker for a FREE Initial Consultation at (801) 554-5220 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.