The Real Cost of a DUI

Take your friends on an amazing vacation. Put a down payment on a house. Buy a pot of extremely rare Chinese tea. Any of these options is a better way to spend $10,000 than paying for a DUI. Drinking and driving is one of the worst things a person can do. Find out how much a DUI could cost you (Spoiler: It will cost you more than just money.)

Cost of Life

In 2013, in the state of Texas alone, there were 25,158 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 1,022 deaths. Over a thousand people had their lives cut short, many of them being innocent victims who paid the ultimate price for someone else’s mistake. Drunk driving often leads to terrible, irreversible consequences. It’s not worth the risk.

Cost of Freedom

If you’re convicted of driving under the influence, life as you know it will get worse for a while. You could be assigned up to 100 hours of community service. You know what’s better than spending your Saturday mornings picking up garbage? Almost anything else. You could even get jail time. If you like having the freedom to wear, eat, and do what you want, avoid that jail life. Don’t drink and drive.

Financial Cost

As mentioned earlier, DUI’s simply cost a whole lotta money. We’re talkin’ legal fees, fines, increased insurance premiums, and bail. The total bill can easily reach $10,000. That’s not even counting the money you’re missing out on via lost wages. Every day you spend in jail, doing community service, or going to court is a day you could have spent making money at work or just enjoying life.