DWI In Minnesota
Majority of the individuals who are charged with DWI or DUI in Minnesota are unaware of the related costs in the initial stages of the case. During the course of the case, the defendants realize that the DWI charge can cost them more than $20,000 in the form of bail, fines, probation costs, treatment expenses and insurance increases. However, what many of the defendants do not realize is that the hidden costs of the DWI charges can sometimes surpass the onetime cost of DWI representation. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the hidden costs of an unrepresented DWI can equal or exceed the cost of hiring a top-notched DWI attorney.
Following are some of the very common hidden costs due to DWI charges:
Many employers require their employees to have a clean driving record and hence a DWI charge can affect your employment, this is especially true in the case of jobs which specify driving as one of the mandatory tasks.
A DWI charge not only affects your present employment, but can also influence your hunt for a new job as many employers consider the criminal history and driving record of a potential candidate.
Increased auto insurance charges are undoubtedly the most prolific hidden costs of a DUI offense. If you are convicted or your license is revoked, your auto insurance policies can be cancelled. You, and others in your household, will then be required to purchase “high risk” insurance at a highly elevated premium. The auto insurance rates remain high for years . The fact that it was the first DWI charge against you is of very little help.
The license reinstatement charges are often so high after a DWI charge in Minnesota, that many individuals are prohibited from getting the license reinstated because of the cost involved.
A low or negative credit rating can result from an inability to financially ensure the consequences of a DWI charge in Minnesota, which would in turn make it difficult for you to get loans and mortgages.
Certain DWI offenses can also prevent a person from possessing firearms.
Countries such as Canada, do not allow an individual with DWI charges to enter their country.
DWI charges not only increases the cost of auto insurance, but can also increase your health insurance premiums.
A DWI offense might also require you to vacate a rental property as many home owners are very particular about the legal record of their tenants.
In addition to all the above, a DWI offense in Minnesota could also infringe your right to vote (if a felony), may result in your vehicle being towed and forfeited by the State, and could even lead to delay or denunciation of your green card application for a non-citizen. The above list is extensive, but not exhaustive, hence a DWI could lead to several other hidden costs for an offender.
Hidden costs of DWI charges are quite rigorous in nature, thus it is crucial to find an experienced Minnesota DWI attorney who will bring value to your case through his expertise, knowledge and qualifications. The Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, with over two decades of experience in handling similar cases, can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your DWI case. Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm right now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation!