Getting arrested for DUI is a very serious offense in Reading. Along with the possibility of jail time and license suspension, there are a number of other consequences that can cause equally damaging effects to happen. Very Well Mind explains some of the possible consequences of a DUI arrest.

Fines

After your court appearance, the judge will decide whether you receive jail time. Even if you are not sentenced to a jail term, it is likely that you’ll be assessed a fine. Fines can be quite expensive for many people convicted of a DUI. Because they’re supposed to act as a deterrent, judges are willing to mete out pricey fines even for first-time offenders. Fines can also be increased depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. For instance, if there was a minor in the vehicle at the time you were arrested, your fine is likely to be increased.

Alcohol evaluation

You’ll also be ordered to attend an alcohol education class. As a part of the class. you will be given an alcohol evaluation by a drug and alcohol counselor. If it’s determined that you have a problem with alcohol consumption, treatment may also be required. Some people, particularly repeat offenders, will be ordered to complete inpatient treatment. Treatment may be provided on an outpatient basis by a behavioral therapist or other mental health professional.

Installation of an interlock device

An ignition interlock device requires drivers to blow into a breathalyzer before starting their vehicles. If an elevated blood alcohol content is detected, the driver won’t be able to start the car. He or she may also be assessed additional fines or punishments, such as a suspended license.  Along with other costs related to your DUI, you’ll be responsible for costs necessary to install this device on your vehicle.