DUIs are one of the most expensive slip-ups you can make in your life. It’s crazy that just a few beers in a couple of hours could end up costing you up to $15,000. Albeit, that number is on the high end.
The minimum penalty for a first offender DUI conviction in Arizona is $250, which can increase depending on the conditions of your conviction. A lot of people have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, thinking that once they pay their fee, their DUI won’t affect them anymore. Unfortunately, your DUI can affect you financially for years after the fact.
There are a lot of expenses that go into a DUIs. Most of these expenses are dependent on the severity of your charge. Here are some of the costs that can make your DUI add up:
All of these costs can set you back anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. This isn’t including the possibility of losing working income from a misdemeanor. Some jobs, like those that require government security clearances, have no tolerance for misdemeanors. Getting your finances in order after a DUI can be emotionally and physically exhausting.
We understand that the added fees of a DUI lawyer might feel even more anxiety-inducing, especially with all the other expenses that you might be facing. Fighting the expenses of DUIs in Arizona can be tough, because Arizona doesn’t allow “wet reckless” plea bargains. However, an experienced attorney, like those at the Weingart Firm, can ensure that you get a quick, painless, and fair trial with a positive outcome.
If you want to have your DUI conviction completely dismissed, our attorneys can review your case, finding any holes in the prosecutor’s defense to have your charges dropped. Not to mention, your DUI attorney will appear for you in court, so you won’t have to worry about losing income on the days you would’ve been absent representing yourself. Not to mention, the absences you’d accumulate from days spent in court will raise eye brows, making your cohorts and employers curious about what’s going on.
If you’re trying to find a way to finance your DUI while already working a 40-hour work week, there are ways that you can pick up some extra pocket change with odd jobs to make ends meet.
TaskRabbit is a new online platform, where you can help people in your area complete homemaking tasks for some extra money. On TaskRabbit, you can find short-term jobs as a handyman or helping someone move. You can even find domestic gigs, like cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, or babysitting for people in your area. You can even build people’s IKEA furniture for them.
Another place to look for short-term odd jobs to get you through your financially stressful time is Craigslist. There are many nanny and dog walking positions that can help you earn an extra buck.
A lot of people like to Lyft and Uber drive outside of their regular work hours, because it’s a low-energy way to make more money. Unfortunately, if you have a DUI conviction on your record, you’ll have to wait at least 7 years before you can drive for Lyft or Uber.
Ride sharing jobs will make you undergo a harsh background check, before you can drive under their brand. Fortunately, a qualified DUI attorney can have your slate wiped clean, so you can be free to drive for Lyft and Uber, become a flight attendant, or fulfill any of your occupation goals. Don’t let a DUI charge hold you back.