Drunk driving is a serious offense in Colorado and there are several legal and social consequences of being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to the dangers of driving drunk, other serious consequences include losing your driver's license, following strict requirements to get your license back, paying several fines and fees and possibly serving jail time.

Why are DUI convictions so costly? Individuals convicted of a DUI will have to pay local and state fines for violating the state's drunk driving law and the fines increase depending on the offender's blood alcohol content at the time he or she was driving. In addition to these fines, an offender's car insurance will most likely increase. If the offender got into an accident, he or she may also be required to pay a deductible and other fees for any property damage.

Individuals with DUI convictions may be required by state law to pay for and install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle. These devices are not cheap and the offender will also have to pay a monthly fee to rent the device.

Another way a DUI conviction can cost a person money is by losing wages if he or she has to serve any jail time. People who are required to drive for their job end up losing a lot more money and sometimes even their jobs.

DUI convictions have many consequences that can impact a person's life and definitely not for the better. People who have been arrested for suspected drunk driving should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights and their future.

Source: FindLaw, "5 Ways a DUI Conviction Can Cost You," Maryam K. Anarsi, March 18, 2013