After receiving a DUI from Florida law enforcement, you have several life adjustments to navigate. You may wonder how the charge affects your financial health.
American Addiction Centers explores common costs associated with drunk driving charges. Understand what you should consider while planning your finances for the coming months.
You likely no longer have your license because of your DUI. If not, when you become eligible to regain your driving privileges, you must pay a license reinstatement fee. Save money now in anticipation rather than wait until you get your license back.
Your car insurance provider may not know about your drunk driving charge now, but expect that to change when you renew your policy. Your insurance provider likely considers you an at-risk driver, which means you must pay more for insurance coverage. Increased premiums last for a few years, as many as 10 in some regions. If your current provider drops you as a customer after learning about your DUI, you may have a difficult time securing coverage from other insurance companies.
Without your driver’s license, you must find alternate means of getting around. That could mean taking public transportation or taxis or using rideshare apps, all of which cost money. Even if relatives and friends offer to drive you to and from work and wherever else you need to go, you may want to offer gas money.
Ignition interlock device
Even after you regain your driving privileges, you may need to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. You must pay for device installation and a monthly fee.
Your DUI could cost you more than you realize right now. Hopefully, you have a better idea of what fees and penalties you could endure.