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Hidden costs of a DUI offense

Getting a DUI can be a nuisance. From spending a night in detention to paying fines, there are a lot of inconveniences attached to the offense.

While there are statutes in New Hampshire Law that dictate defined penalties for drivers, there are also secondary effects that these penalties can have on a person.

Costs of a license suspension

While a license suspension is a formal penalty, many of the consequences associated with it may be indirect. For example, commuters who have a license suspension may find it more difficult or costlier to get to and from work every day.

Because we drive so often, it is easy to take the ability for granted. If your license gets suspended, your daily life will most likely change in a dramatic way.

Furthermore, a license suspension may bring other administrative fees for reinstatement hearings and paperwork.

Towing costs

If an officer detains you for a DUI, they will most likely contact a towing company to tow and impound your vehicle. Though your license may be suspended, you will still have to pay the towing company fees if you want to retrieve your vehicle. These fees can be several hundred dollars.

Recorded offense

A DUI conviction will stay on your record. This may impact you down the road in a variety of ways. Ways that this could affect your life include:

  • Increased car insurance rates
  • Challenges to seeking employment
  • Harsher penalties for repeat offenses

While a DUI conviction will land you a court-ordered fine, the costs of a DUI go far beyond that. If you are facing a DUI charge and wish to avoid these costs, you should contact an experienced DUI attorney to represent your case.

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