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How a DUI Affects Your Personal Finances

One person dies in a drunk-driving accident every 50 minutes. The number of deaths have fallen in the last 30 years by about 33%, but still kill more than 10,000 people every year. The loss of life is devastating, and the loss of income and financial repercussions can be life-changing.

What DUIs Really Cost

The average DUI in Florida costs about $10,000. You can expect to pay a number of expenses, expected and unexpected:

  • Bail
  • Towing and impound costs
  • Drunk driving education programs
  • Higher insurance fees
  • Court and probation costs
  • Attorney fees
  • Drug and alcohol counseling and assessment
  • Reinstatement of driver’s license fees
  • Lost income, loss of job
  • Fines
  • Potential jail time

It’s easy to see how a DUI can derail your entire life. Most drivers that are arrested do spend time in jail, have a mandatory license suspension, pay fines and skyrocketing insurance premiums.

Those arrested are required to undergo alcohol abuse assessment, because nearly 6% of adults in the US that are over age 18 have a condition called Alcohol Use Disorder, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse. Even if you’re not at fault, another driver can cause you serious financial damage.

Uninsured Drivers

If you are unlucky enough to be hit by an uninsured driver, you may wind up with financial liabilities that you did not anticipate. Fortunately, most people carry uninsured motorist coverage, but these claims are more complicated than most, so a good lawyer is mandatory.

In fact, in order to beat a Florida DUI, it’s almost always necessary to get help from an attorney. Lawyer fees are almost always worth the time and effort in these serious cases, especially if you have gotten a DUI before. Let’s take a closer look at the actual financial toll on personal finances, so you know what to expect.

Bail

You can assume that you’ll have to pay between $100 and $2,500 to get out of jail. And yes, anybody arrested for DUI will likely wind up in jail at least for a short period of time.

Fines

The amount of fines that you will pay can vary a lot. But even for a first-time offense, you can pay up to $1,800.

Impound Charges and Towing Fees

The cost depends on how long your car is in the impound lot, but most people are mortified when they see how high these charges are, and the fees accrue daily.

Towing charges can also be exorbitant. Unfortunately, you will not get your car back until you pay back every cent.

Charges for Screenings

Often you will be asked to take urine tests as a condition of your probation. There are charges for every one of these tests in addition to the fee for the visit. It’s not unusual for them to top out over $100.

Other Charges

Defendants can be nickel-and-dimed by the system, and can be charged for things like time spent in jail, which carries a price-tag as high as $300 a night; sentencing fees, which can be as much as a couple of hundred dollars; and probation fees, which can be as little as $200 to well over $1,000.

You’ll also have to add in the cost of medical treatment and income lost while you’re in jail or fighting your case in court. Some people lose their income permanently because they get fired.

Fortunately, your arrest can be removed from your record. This is called expungement, which will help minimize the financial impact and damage to reputation that are so often the result of being arrested for a DUI.

 

5 Principles Most Wealthy People Have In Common

When it comes to growing wealth, it’s easy to overlook the small things such as the small details of insider trading for a company we invested in. It is common for people to develop complex strategies to grow their wealth. However, the foundation of long-term wealth is built on basic principles. These are the types of principles that the wealthy themselves focus on, to ensure that they continue to grow their wealth. Let’s take a deeper look into what these principles are and how they can help you to grow your wealth.

1) Earn More Than You Spend

Nowadays, it’s easy to rack up a few charges on your credit card. In some cases, people attempt to invest in a business venture using their credit cards. But the reality of the fact is, if you are spending more than you make, you will not be able to become wealthy. Everyone is aware of the fact that in order for you to become wealthy, you have to earn more than you spend. But the reality is that tens of millions of people are in debt because of various expenses that add up. This can entail car payments, mortgage payments, and unnecessary shopping. But if you expect to grow wealth, you have to earn more than you spend.

2) Eliminate Nonessential Purchases and Focus on Reducing Debts

One of the ways you can scale back is to eliminate some of the commitments that you make and focus on underlying debt before you partake in a business venture. This entails canceling multiple credit cards, eliminating nonessential purchases such as Netflix, not going out to eat at an expensive restaurant, and stopping buying name-brand items. By focusing on minimizing your monthly expenses and reducing your overall debt, it will put you in a better position to grow your wealth, as opposed to juggling business venture-related expenses with underlying debt topped off with weekly nonessential spending.

3) Insure Everything That Can Cause Financial Ruin

One of the things that the wealthy share in common is that they are prepared for everything. As such, it’s common for the wealthy to insure everything from their homes to their dogs. The pandemic has made it clear; you really never know what life will throw at you. Regardless if you establish an emergency fund with liquid assets or stock up on food and supplies, you need to be prepared for the unexpected. In addition to this, your home and car should be insured. Practically, anything which could cause you financial ruin should be insured.

4) Invest In Yourself

Oftentimes, we hear successful people talking about the various skills they developed prior to becoming successful as well as books that they read to improve their knowledge in their field and in life. But how often do we actually take the time to learn a new skill or to read a book, much less a self-improvement book? Most of the wealthiest people in the world took the time and effort to invest in themselves first. This could entail anything from working on your mental health to developing new skills to learning new things. By taking the time to develop yourself as a person, you’ll be in a greater position to grow your wealth.

5) Invest With the Future in Mind

We tend to have a habit of living in the here and now. Many younger adults never think about saving for retirement, for instance, because it’s 20 years down the line. As humans, we have a habit of focusing on the here and now. Some people would never consider things like a high-yield savings account or investing in stock. Why? Because we want to be wealthy instantly. In order for you to build wealth, you have to invest with the future in mind. Some of the ways you can invest for the future include:

  • Mutual Funds – Professionally managed investment where a company gathers your money with other investors to which it uses to buy securities for the entire group.
  • Worthy Bonds – Worthy bonds cost as little as $10 each. They provide a fixed return of 5%. Each bond lasts for 36 months and the interest is paid weekly.
  • Real Estate – Real estate prices are at an all-time low. The entire industry is experiencing what’s known as a buyer’s market due to high supply and low demand because of the impact of the pandemic.