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How Much An OVI Could Cost You
UPDATED: 7:48 PM EST
DAYTON -- Before you have a few drinks and climb behind the wheel there is something you might want to consider.

The cost of a first-time DUI could be anywhere from $9,000 to $24,000.

"It almost cost me my life honestly," said Tony Brown.

Brown knows the cost of DUI all too well. After a night of heavy drinking in 2010, he blacked out and crashed into a telephone pole and he is now permanently disabled.

Brown told us he now has a plate in his hip, screws in his hip, and bad nerves in his feet. He said his foot just hangs.

It cost him a lot more. Once he got a second DUI he lost his job as a truck driver.

Brown went on to say: "It cost me my livelihood and it cost me my family at the time."

"It's the hidden cost that will get you. It's not the obvious cost it's certain obvious cost with fines and reinstatement fees and the cost of a program you will have to participate in," local attorney Patrick Mulligan said.
 
Mulligan is a local attorney who defends people accused of DUI.

He said despite the cost, inconvenience and even embarrassment many continue to drink and drive despite thousands of dollars in penalties and some cost most don't even consider. "So your license is suspended for six months to three years. What are you going to do? How are you going to get to work? Is someone going to drive you?

In 2013, there was nearly a 20 percent increase in DUI arrests in Montgomery County.

Mulligan says one of the biggest costs those convicted of DUI face is the cost of high-risk insurance.
 
Brown doesn't have to worry about insurance for now. His injuries make it difficult for him to drive but he said if he does ever get behind the wheel again one thing is certain: "I will never drive drunk again."

He says he will never put himself or others in harm's way again.

Watch ABC 22/FOX 45 Reporter Natasha Williams' report here.

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