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The true cost of a DUI in South Dakota


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3/5/2012
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The first thing that comes to many people's minds when they think of a DUI conviction in Sioux Falls is the loss of driving privileges, not necessarily how much the conviction will cost.

It’s not until the reality of the situation hits the accused that the numbers really take on a substantial meaning.

That is why the Sioux Falls DUI lawyers at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole want to stress to readers the importance of doing everything they can to avoid a DUI conviction – hiring an experienced lawyer now can be pennies compared to the high costs you will be faced with if you are convicted.

Let’s do the math for a driver who is facing his first DUI conviction in the state of South Dakota. The maximum penalties for a first offense are as follows:
  • Up to one year in jail
  • $1,000 fine
  • License suspension for 30-365 days
There is absolutely no guarantee that a judge will have mercy on you if you go in without an attorney and just apologize for driving drunk. You will probably be convicted and face many costs like:
  • Loss of pay for up to one year, if you are sent to jail. Even at a job that pays minimum wage, that is still a whopping $16,000.
  • $1,000 fine
  • Increased insurance rates once you start driving again. When your insurance company raises your rates (which they most definitely will do, unless they drop you altogether) you could be facing a hike of upwards of $100 per month, or more than $1,200 per year.
  • Future loss of wages, depending on the industry you have always worked in. If you have always made your living in transportation, you might find that few employers are willing to hire drivers who have a background of DUI. Having to make a career move could cost you thousands of dollars.
Don’t let a DUI charge  ruin your life. Contact the lawyers at ZDC Law immediately for your free consultation by calling 877.336.1650 or by filling out our online form.

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