Bankruptcy and DUI

by DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC on June 17, 2011

Bankruptcy is a process an individual typically undergoes when he or she is burdened with financial obligations that they cannot meet. However, certain types of debts are exempt from bankruptcy proceedings. This means that even if an individual successfully completes the bankruptcy process, they may still be left with significant financial obligations to these debts. Expenses associated with a DUI conviction often fall into this nonexempt category.

DUI Expenses

DUI charges and convictions can leave you facing several different financial repercussions that may not be forgiven after you file for bankruptcy. DUI expenses which are exempt from a bankruptcy proceeding fall into two categories. These are:

  • Settlements – DUI convictions often involve injuries to others or property damage. Any financial settlements arising from an accident caused because of driving under the influence are exempt from being discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Criminal fines – A person convicted of DUI will typically have to pay a court-imposed fine, which also cannot be discharged through bankruptcy.

While most debts and financial obligations can be eliminated through bankruptcy, certain exceptions exist, including some expenses associated with DUI.

If you or someone you know is considering bankruptcy yet has been convicted of DUI, an experienced legal representative can help you to understand your options. Contact the Milwaukee bankruptcy attorneys of the DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC, today at 414-377-0518 to discuss your situation with a compassionate, understanding bankruptcy lawyer and determine your best course of action.


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