DUIs can impact your life in more ways than you expect. In the event that a truck driver receives DUI charges, which happened not too long ago in Tennessee, then the truck driver likely will lose the ability to drive commercial vehicles for the rest of his or her life. A DUI can also impact your ability to rent a car.
You should have a good idea of what will happen when the cops arrest you for a DUI in your own car. However, what happens when they arrest you while driving a rental car? You should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle, no matter who it belongs to, after consuming any amount of alcohol, but if you ever find yourself in this situation, here is what you can expect.
Inability to rent a car in the future
You can expect most of the same consequences as a DUI in any other vehicle. You will face potential jail time, excessive fines and a suspension of your driver’s license. However, there is a good chance that no rental company will work with you for at least a few years. Rental companies reserve the right to look up your driving record and can refuse to rent to you if you have excessive infractions.
Excessive fines from the rental company
After a DUI arrest, the police have to do something with the vehicle. If there are no passengers in the vehicle who are fit to drive, then the police will impound the car. You may not be able to return the rental car for a while, which means that the company can charge you for every day you are late. Additionally, the rental company may be able to file criminal charges against you for breaking the agreement. In addition to fighting the criminal DUI charges, you may have a contract infraction to deal with, which means that you could find yourself in court for a while dealing with all this.