NerdWallet.com is a personal finance website that informs consumers about financial matters and helps them make money decisions. In 2010, CNNMoney rated NerdWallet among its Top 20 Best Money Sites, and the New York Times also commended NerdWallet to readers. In July, the website published an assessment of alcohol-related driving fatalities in the nation’s largest cities. Four California cities made the list of the top ten cities with the highest number of drunk driving fatalities per capita: San Bernardino is #1, Riverside is #3, Fresno comes in at #7, and Sacramento is #9. The goal of the study was to determine how much insurance rates rise for drivers convicted of DUI. In the four California cities, insurance premiums increased from 135 percent (in San Bernardino) to 140 percent (in Riverside).

Obviously, the best way to avoid a DUI charge is to avoid drinking if you anticipate driving. If you’re charged with DUI in San Bernardino, Riverside, or anywhere else in southern California, you’ll need the help of an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney. DUI defendants face more than higher insurance premiums; potential penalties include fines, jail time, a suspended driver’s license, mandatory DUI education classes, and more. If driving is part of your work, your job could also be at risk.

In 2012, 10,322 people died in alcohol-related traffic accidents across the U.S. The staggering cost of drunk driving is an estimated $199 billion a year in the U.S. And the economic burden after a DUI conviction can be crippling for drivers, with expensive fines, related court costs, and time lost from work, followed by higher car insurance premiums.

If you’re arrested for DUI, a good DUI defense lawyer can work to have the charge reduced or dismissed. If your case goes to trial, that lawyer will fight aggressively for your rights and will bring your case to its best possible resolution. In short, don’t drink and drive; but if despite your best efforts, you’re charged with DUI in southern California, obtain the services of an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately.