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DUI expenses no one tells you about

A DUI conviction can be stressful, especially when you consider a mark on your criminal record, showing up in court, and telling others about the incident. However, many people overlook the fact that DUIs can be tremendously expensive.

Pennsylvania takes driving under the influence seriously, as there were close to 5,000 fatalities due to alcohol-related car crashes in recent years. This could be why DUIs are so pricey. There are many factors that go into determining how much you will end up paying for a DUI conviction. What are they?

Pennsylvania’s DMV point system: Are you close to suspension?

Speeding, ignoring stop signs or reckless driving all constitute various traffic violations. Committing crimes while driving creates dangerous conditions for other drivers, and you may injure or kill another driver, pedestrians or even yourself.

In Pennsylvania, the state adds “points” to your record if a judge finds you guilty of violating traffic laws. Depending upon the severity of your crime, more points add to your record. It proves essential to follow all traffic laws to avoid license suspension, expensive court dates and the stress of the inability to drive.

Off-the-record: a look at expungements and limited access

Many clients want to know their recourse for expunging their criminal record. After all, a criminal history has the power to affect a person’s life long after the terms and conditions of their sentence have been successfully completed. Unfortunately, not all people will be eligible to wipe the slate clean.

What is expungement? Who is eligible?

Mass drug charges dropped, evidence and police conduct questioned

A New Year's Eve party and a 21st birthday celebration led to the arrest of 65 individuals ranging in ages of 15 to 30 years old on drug possession charges. Gunshots heard near the home led police to where the party was taking place. What began as a good time in ended up leading to mass arrests, allegations of police misconduct and a civil rights investigation.

An oft-forgotten side effect of DUI: loss of employment

Drunk driving convictions come with a whole host of consequences. Even a first-time DUI can result in:

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • Court costs
  • The installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device
  • Driver's license suspension or revocation for up to a year
  • Higher insurance rates
  • Social stigma/judgment of your peers
  • Mandatory substance abuse education classes
  • Community service


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