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DUI in a rental car

All it takes is one mistake to get a DUI. Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton received a citation for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He received orders to enter a treatment program, which he has complied with. 

There are severe consequences on the line if the police arrest you for driving while drunk. However, what happens when you get a DUI while operating a rental car? The truth of the matter is that much of the process will remain the same. It will impact your ability to rent a car in the future, so you could face more consequences on top of the legal ones you will have to contend with. 

What happens to the rental car?

If the police arrest you for DUI, then the cops will have the car towed. You will still be responsible for paying the fee to get the car out of the impound lot. Additionally, there may be charges from the rental company. These organizations often charge fees if you return the car late. That means if you cannot get out of jail in a timely manner and cannot afford to get the car out right away, then you will have a lot more to pay for. 

Can you rent a car in the future?

In the future, rental companies reserve the right to look into your driving record to see if the cops charged you with DUI in the past. If they find any indiscretions, then they may refuse to rent you a car. This can severely hamper your ability to travel in the future. It is important to recognize that this is also the case if you get a DUI in your personal car. Every rental company is different, but you should not dismiss the rental agreement when you rent the car. There will likely be a provision about not drinking while driving the rental car. It is not worth the risk. 

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