No one ever means to drive while intoxicated but it is very easy to fall into a “Just one more” mentality. You're having a good time, and you know you've probably had enough but just one more couldn't hurt, right? Then you ask for that last beer, eggnog or shot of Irish whiskey and suddenly getting home is much more of a challenge. Many people make the wrong choice instead of calling a friend or hailing a cab and the ramifications of that decisions can be catastrophic.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 134 fatal accidents on St. Patrick's Day in 2008, the last year for which data was available. 50 of those 134 accidents involved at least one driver who was legally drunk at the time of the crash. That means 37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol level of .08 or above. One drink too many puts you at risk not only for an arrest but fees, fines and penalties as well.
When considering a DUI charge, most people are worried about the financial side of the problem.
This usually includes:
- Court costs
- Attorney fees
- The cost of periodic blood testing
- Possible cost of interlock device installation
But, what's the REAL cost of a DUI in Georgia?
What people often miss is the mandatory loss of license that comes with a DUI charge. With help from an experienced DUI attorney, this can be worked around but most states require it. This loss of license is at least a major inconvenience and in many cases it leads to a person losing their job. Then you are left with all of the financial burdens listed above with no way to pay your fees.
As bad as all of that is, it's not the true cost of a DUI. Hopefully, if you drive drunk, you will make it safely home or at worst be pulled over by the police. Usually drunk drivers are not so lucky. The true cost of a DUI is that you are much more likely to get into an accident while intoxicated. Often the drunk driver will be able to walk away from the accident but the innocent victims in the other car aren't so lucky. The true cost of a DUI is carrying the knowledge that you injured or killed another person because you couldn't turn down “Just one more” drink.
If you've been arrested or involved in an accident while driving under the influence, call the Don Turner Legal Team now. You have ten days from the date of your arrest to save your license, let us help you today.