Financial Costs of a Drunk Driving Conviction

A drunk driving conviction has a lot of costs that you, at first, don’t appreciate. First of all, you’re going to have to pay a criminal lawyer to defend you. Then, you’re probably going to be found guilty, because they have a Breathalyzer test that you can’t get away from. If that happens, you’ll be fined. You also lose your right to drive for a while. You will then have to go to drunk driving school, as they call it, and you will have to pay for that. You will then, most probably, have to pay for a substance abuse course, which could last for months and cost thousands and thousands of dollars.

What will happen after that is you will get a letter from the Office of Professional Medical Conduct or the Office of Professional Discipline, and you will have to come to me and write a check to me to defend you and represent you in that inquiry by the state. When that gets done, they probably will fine your anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500, depending upon a lot of things. Is this your first drunk driving offense? How high was your Blood Alcohol Level? Additional, you will find that your liability insurance policy will suddenly cost three times as much as it did before. That increase will go on for about five years. All of the things arising out of a drunk driving conviction can cost you $25,000 to $35,000 from several different sources. A word to the wise: Try not to drink and drive.

 This informational blog post was brought to you by Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer.