What Happens to My Car When You Get a DUI?

March 7, 2024

The experience of a DUI is frightening and can be life-altering. It’s not only a criminal offense but can affect your job, relationships, family, finances and social life. It’s also a significant disruption that will require court appearances, probation, driving classes and the possible installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

If you are convicted of a DUI, the most likely consequence is that your license will be suspended. Depending on your state’s laws, you may have to spend a few days in jail, and will probably be required to pay a large fine. It’s also a good idea to invest in some form of roadside assistance that will get you and your car back on the road as soon as possible.

Can I get charged for being in the car with a drunk driver?

While most people don’t want to lend their cars to friends and relatives, it’s important to remember that you can be charged with a DUI for being in your own vehicle while it is being driven by someone who is intoxicated.

If a police officer believes that you have been drinking, they will request a breath test to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). Failure to take this test can result in a DUI conviction. Police officers can also search your vehicle if they have reasonable cause to believe that it contains evidence of drunk driving, including the glove box, trunk and any containers in the vehicle.

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