The Cost of a DUI in Tennessee
August 13, 2014
Even first-time DUI offenders in Tennessee can face serious criminal penalties and financial losses. In addition to potential jail time and lengthy license suspensions, DUI convictions can prove very expensive. According to a recent news report in Nooga.com, DUI is one of the most expensive offenses because of the collateral consequences. Even one offense can cost thousands of dollars in fines and each subsequent conviction will cost more. Blood alcohol tests can cost about $250. Challenging the results of a blood alcohol test by calling experts to the stand in court can cost thousands of dollars. According to NerdWallet, the national average of insurance cost increase after a DUI conviction is about $850 a year. Furthermore, towing charges, license reinstatement fees and bail can all prove costly as well. According to a recent report in MSN Money, the total cost of a DUI conviction can reach about $10,000.
The cost of a DUI conviction does not end there. Individuals who drive for a living can lose their jobs because of their conviction. For those looking for work, a conviction on their record can hurt their chances of securing employment.
The best way to avoid these types of costs and consequences is to not drink and drive. If you are arrested on suspicion of a DUI in Tennessee, do not answer any questions without an attorney, do not accept a plea deal and do not plead guilty without first considering your legal options.
A skilled Tennessee DUI defense attorney can review your case and help you determine whether or not you can negotiate for reduced penalties or fight the charges in court. It is sometimes possible to have evidence thrown out, penalties reduced and charges dismissed.