Allegations of drunk driving are scary and expensive. In a recent example, a driver ended up having to give up his Ferrari 308 after a drunk driving arrest. The case involved a driver with a previous drunk driving arrest and restrictions on his license. Due to these and other factors, the officers were able to seize the vehicle and put it up for auction.
The details of the case will impact the exact expenses that comes with a drunk driving conviction. In Maryland, expenses can quickly add up. Those facing allegations can find themselves dealing with the following expenses:
A first offense can come with a $1,000 fine. This goes up with any additional offenses. The fine for a second can be up to $2,000.
#2: Ignition interlock device.
Repeat offenders may also need to pay for an ignition interlock device. This machine is connected to the vehicle and the driver must provide a breath sample. It then tests the breath sample to determine if the driver has had any alcohol or not. If alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not start.
In addition to dealing with the device, the driver is also responsible for its expense. This includes the installation and maintenance costs.
#3: Administrative expenses.
The conviction can also come with a need to change a driver’s license, so it includes information about any driving restrictions and then again when the state allows the driver to remove the restriction.
These expenses can quickly add up to thousands and thousands of dollars. There is also the impact that it could have on employment potential. As a result, it is important to take allegations of drunk driving seriously. It is not a ticket you can simply write off and move on with your life. It can come with consequences that reach far into the future.