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The unseen toll of a DWI

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2023 | DWI Defense |

Driving under the influence in Missouri can have severe consequences that extend far beyond the initial arrest.

The costs associated with a DWI conviction go beyond just the monetary fines imposed by the legal system.

Monetary consequences

When it comes to DWI offenses in Missouri, the monetary penalties are steep. Offenders often face fines, court costs and fees that can add up quickly. First-time offenders may need to pay fines ranging from $500 to $1,000, while subsequent convictions result in even heftier penalties. Additionally, court costs and other associated fees can easily push the financial burden well beyond the initial fine.

License limitations

A DWI conviction often leads to a suspension or revocation of driving privileges. The ensuing period without a valid license can disrupt daily life, impeding the ability to commute to work, attend school or fulfill essential responsibilities. Public transportation and rideshare expenses may become an unforeseen burden, exacerbating the overall cost of the DWI ordeal.

Employment implications

A DWI conviction can impact one’s employment situation. Many employers conduct background checks, and a criminal record, especially for a DWI, can be detrimental to job prospects. This is particularly true for positions that involve driving or require a clean legal record.

Mental ramifications

The stress and emotional toll of navigating through the legal system, facing possible jail time, and dealing with the aftermath of a DWI can contribute to mental health challenges. Anxiety and depression are not uncommon outcomes for individuals grappling with the repercussions of a DWI.

In 2022, Missouri State troopers made 1,229 DWI arrests. For people in that situation, it can feel overwhelming. Every case is different, and the right defense may help pave the way for a smoother outcome.