The national average for the cost of a first DUI conviction is approximately $10,000. What’s more, is our district’s laws state that if you have been convicted of a DUI in Washington D.C., the charge cannot be expunged from your record. That means it will appear on background checks for employment, loans, and social applications going forward, which can be detrimental to both your personal and professional life.
What Are The Financial Costs Associated With A DUI Conviction In Washington D.C.?
Each Washington D.C. driving under the influence arrest is unique. The circumstances of each of our client’s cases require a specialized approach to providing the best defense available for their needs.
However, some of the common financial costs associated with a DUI conviction in Washington D.C. can include:
- Bail from jail, when applicable
- Car towing and impound fees
- Court fines and fees
- Probation costs
- Random urine or drug screenings as a condition of bail or probation
- Community service fees
- Driver responsibility fees
- Treatment programs or educational classes on alcohol or substance abuse
- Ignition interlock devices, when required
- Licensing fees and license reinstatement costs
- Alternate transportation during license suspension, including public and private options like buses, taxis, Uber/Lyft services, subways, and gas money for friends for family members
- Car insurance rate hikes
The financial fallout for each DUI arrest depends on the individual, the circumstances of their arrest, their previous DUI arrests or convictions, and their overall financial repercussions may expand far beyond the costs listed here.
Do not take your chances with a public defender simply to avoid the costs of hiring an accomplished defense attorney, as the fees associated with your conviction can far outweigh our DUI attorney fees.
Criminal DUI Convictions Can Interrupt More Than Your Financial Stability
DUI convictions in Washington D.C. can cost many people their jobs, especially if they drive for a living. Both public and privately employed transportation operators, delivery people, salespeople, and CDL licensed individuals can be immediately terminated upon driving under the influence arrests. If convicted, they may not be able to work in their specialized industry again. This can be detrimental to their livelihoods and their overall well-being.
Also, an arrest and conviction can lead to long-term negative effects that require individuals to list their arrest history when applying for employment or even for a volunteer position. The prospect of carrying these charges around for the rest of your life can cause immense stress, and our DUI defense attorneys in Washington D.C. want to help you move forward.
How Can Lotze Mosley Help Defend My DUI Case To Pursue The Best Outcome?
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our DUI lawyers work tirelessly to keep your case out of the hands of a judge by taking the lead in investigating:
- The probable cause that led to you being pulled over by the Metropolitan Police Department
- The legality of the field sobriety test and the proper calibration of the breathalyzer test used to determine that you were driving under the influence
- The behavior of the officers involved in the traffic stop that led to your arrest
- The complete evaluation of your rights and whether or not they were violated during any aspect of your arrest, charge, or detainment
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Washington D.C., contact our criminal defense attorneys at Lotze Mosley today by calling (202) 393-0535 to learn more about our effective legal experience and how we can help you face your DUI charges with confidence.