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DUI and Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy proceeding is often a long, drawn out process that can leave the filer mentally and emotionally exhausted. However, these pressures can be compounded if a person facing bankruptcy is also charged with DUI or DWI. Alcohol-related convictions often involve significant fines, as well as costly settlements if an intoxicated driver caused any injuries.

If you or someone you know is going through bankruptcy and has been charged with DUI, you should seek legal representation. An experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to have the charges against you reduced, or possibly eliminated altogether. Contact Rhode Island DUI defense attorney Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 today to discuss the details of your case and learn how you can fight your charges.

Drunk Driving Costs

Bankruptcy proceedings are commonly initiated by a debtor to eliminate financial obligations that he or she cannot meet. However, certain debts may be exempt from bankruptcy proceedings. Expenses resulting from a DUI conviction, for example, are not able to be eliminated under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Among other things, these expenses can include:

  • Settlements from injuries resulting from an alcohol-related car accident
  • Settlements from property damage resulting from an alcohol-related car accident
  • Any criminal fines imposed by the court

Even though a person files for bankruptcy, they will likely still be held responsible for costs relating to a DUI conviction.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI while undergoing bankruptcy, an experienced attorney can help. To begin formulating your defense for fighting the charges against you, contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384.