The penalties and consequences you face when charged with a DWI/DUI in Springfield, Missouri and the surrounding area are significant. You may lose your license, must pay expensive fines, and even spend time in jail. Depending on if you face your first, second, or third offense, you may face even more penalties.
You face DWI/DUI charges if you are recorded over the limit for alcohol consumption, which is measured by your BAC concentration. In this area, the limit is .08%. This is the legal limit for anyone over the age of 21. If you are under 21, limits and penalties are different.
While the penalties mentioned above (time in jail, fines, and the loss of your license) are obvious, there are other penalties and consequences you may face, as well. Understanding what these are can help you understand why driving under the influence is something you should avoid – at all costs.
Increased Car Insurance Rates
If you are convicted of a DUI in Missouri, it can increase your annual insurance costs by up to $616 on average. While this is less than what others in the nation pay after this charge, do you really want to put over $600 more dollars toward car insurance?
Installation and Monitoring of BAC Device
Sometimes, when convicted of a DUI, you will be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. You must then blow into the device before cranking your vehicle. If your BAC (blood alcohol content) is over the allowed limit, the vehicle will not crank. You must cover the costs of this device, including installation, maintenance, and ongoing monitoring.
Loss of Employment
Do you drive as part of your day to day job duties? If you are charged with a DUI, you may be terminated from your job. This is true even if you are not convicted.
Many employers do not want the liability associated with someone who has been arrested or convicted of a DUI. If you lose your job, you may also find it difficult to find new employment because of the DUI charge. This is an issue that can cause long term financial stress and hardship.
Diminished Status In Your Local Community
Do you own a business? Are you a local government official? Are you well-known or respected in the area? If you are charged with a DUI, you may lose your good status and reputation in the local area. This is a side effect of any criminal charge and something that most people want to avoid, as they have likely spent years trying to build their reputation.
Seek Legal Help for Your DUI
The best way to avoid these consequences and penalties is never to drink or do drugs and drive. If you are pulled over, arrested, and charged with a DUI in Missouri, calling an attorney will help you fight the charge. Contact us today at 417-720-4800.