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15 Ways a DUI Will Cost You BIG Time
DUI’s are expensive. Law enforcement wants to stop drinking and driving, and the best way to accomplish this is to make the conviction as costly as possible.
Quiz Yourself: What Could a DUI Cost You?
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- Quiz Yourself: What Could a DUI Cost You?
- 1. DUI Chemical Test Refusal Cost
- 2. DUI Bail and Bonds Cost
- 3. DUI Towing and Impoundment Cost
- 4. DUI Defense Attorney Cost
- 5. Cost of DUI Court Fines
- 6. True Cost of DUI Jail Time
- 7. Cost of DUI Education Courses/ Alcohol Treatment
- 8. DUI Probation Supervision Cost
- 9. Cost of License Reinstatement after a DUI
- 10. DUI Community Service Cost- Supervision Fee
- 11. Driving After a DUI -Cost of an Ignition Interlock Device(IID)
- 12. Public Transportation Costs After DUI
- 13. Auto Insurance Costs Skyrocket After a DUI
- 14. DUIs Could Cost You Your Job
- 15. DUIs Cost Your Precious Time
- In Review:
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1. DUI Chemical Test Refusal Cost
Do yourself a favor and don’t refuse the chemical test that the police officer asks of you after they pull you over.
You will either receive a breath or blood test to determine your alcohol content (BAC).
This test in itself is not costly at all.
The cost comes if you REFUSE a blood alcohol test.
There might not be a fine or penalty, but you are almost guaranteed to have an immediate need for a lawyer.
Refusing does nothing beneficial for you. In fact statistics show that almost 87% of those who refuse a BAC test end up being convicted of a DUI.
2. DUI Bail and Bonds Cost
A DUI bail amount is not cut and dry. There are costs on top of costs.
In addition, your bail will be affected by the state you were convicted in, your criminal history, the classification of your DUI, etc.
And the classification and charge of your offense makes a huge difference, for example see how much the costs varies depending on classification:
3. DUI Towing and Impoundment Cost
This isn’t like calling a tow truck after getting a flat tire.
If you are caught drunk driving, you will be arrested and riding with the police officer down to the station…and you have to leave your car all alone.
Most of the time, the vehicle is seized by the state and a local towing service is called to take your precious car to a tow yard or impoundment lot.
Once you pay the towing and storage fees…they could charge you additional administrative fees before you can take ownership of your vehicle again.
Also good to note…typically insurance will NOT cover towing costs if due to violations or infractions.
4. DUI Defense Attorney Cost
Yet again, this cost can vary depending on the facts and circumstances of the incident.
An attorney is not cheap. They have to review footage of the incident, look at your breathalyzer and blood test results, evidence, all of the legal intricacies that you might not think of.
|Cost Breakdown||Average DUI Lawyer Cost|
|National Average Cost||$1,900|
|Average Range||$1,500 to $4,000|
Thervo.com really helps break down the DUI lawyer costs.
If your case has to go to trial, it gets a lot more expensive. And it is not recommended to represent yourself during a trial.
5. Cost of DUI Court Fines
Now that you have hired a nice lawyer…let’s hope your judge is just as nice.
The fine will depend on how many times you have been convicted.
Let’s say your first DUI conviction is around $300, the number will almost double for a second conviction.
And of course…not every state charges the same amount.
6. True Cost of DUI Jail Time
If you are sentenced to spending any amount of time in prison, this is a terrible cost in itself.
However, many people don’t usually think about the ACTUAL money you have to shell out to make your prison stay feel a little less like…prison.
Ever heard of pay-to-stay imprisonment?
You pay to stay in a safer, more comfortable facility, including a private cell if you can afford it.
Often, this practice leads to a prisoner accumulating large debts.
Check out this article from huffpost which tells the experience of a former inmate who was billed $55,000 for his three year sentence.
Prisons also have a commissary where inmates can purchase extra food and necessities. Add that to having to pay for using the phone, costs quickly add up.
7. Cost of DUI Education Courses/ Alcohol Treatment
After being fined, you might also be court ordered to receive DUI treatment (it could even be your only alternative to incarceration).
Treatment could come in the form of some type of outpatient rehabilitation averaging $1500-$5000 depending on how long the program is.
Or more costly, is inpatient treatment starting around $6000 for a 30 day program, getting more costly the longer the program is.
The judge may also order you to go to a DUI traffic school. This could be with the intent of reinstating your license faster, and will help to remove points from your record.
These classes are much lower in cost than rehabilitation programs.
8. DUI Probation Supervision Cost
In most cases after being charged with a DUI, you will end up with probation.
Did you know that probation services cost you?
And during probation periods, they will submit you to alcohol tests which will cost you as well.
Supervision fees are charged on a month to month basis and range from $10-$150. Usually probation is a period of at least several months.
Add that to the random alcohol tests, you will be contributing even more to your already hefty sum.
9. Cost of License Reinstatement after a DUI
While a license reinstatement fee varies from state to state, it is one of the least costly items on this list.
After serving your suspension period, prison sentence, or whatever the court has mandated, you must pay a fee to get your driver’s license back.
A one time DUI license reinstatement fee is usually $150-$200, while a second time offense could cost up to $500.
10. DUI Community Service Cost- Supervision Fee
Very likely you will be court ordered to perform some kind of community service.
Another surprise cost…you have to pay a regular supervision fee.
During a probation period or community service, active supervision is required and you must regularly report to a probation officer or whoever is overseeing your progress in completing court ordered punishment.
11. Driving After a DUI -Cost of an Ignition Interlock Device(IID)
Even if the state allows you to drive again, they might still require you to install an IID/Ignition Interlock Device.
Think of this device as an in-car breathalyzer.
It is installed onto the vehicle and interrupts the signal from the ignition to the starter.
The driver cannot start the car unless they blow into the mouthpiece AND their breath alcohol concentration is UNDER the preset limit programmed onto the device.
Expect to pay:
- Installation Cost: $50-$150
- Maintenance/Lease/Inspection: $50-150 Per MONTH
- Removal Fee: $50-$150
12. Public Transportation Costs After DUI
Much like all of the costs on this list, public transportation rates are different from state to state, even city to city.
And if you are unable to drive your own vehicle for a number of months, the cost will obviously be higher the more you have to utilize public transit.
We found the data provided by ValuePenguin extremely helpful in breaking down the various costs of public transportation from city to city.
13. Auto Insurance Costs Skyrocket After a DUI
The truth is, DUI’s happen to many people…(that doesn’t excuse them or make them any better when they happen)…but you are not alone.
We help advise many people as to what they should do about their car insurance. Because unfortunately…a DUI will cause your rates to jump significantly.
It could cause insurance rates to jump up as much as 80%!
|Car Insurance Company||Average Insurance Rates: Clean Driving Record||Average Insurance Rates: DUI On Your Record|
Rates are affected by the state you live in.
Your rates will depend on many factors such as your state laws, the insurance company, etc.
We are not high pressure, and we can help.
14. DUIs Could Cost You Your Job
Missing a week of work is costly…missing a month is costly. With all of the court dates, community service, and potential time in jail, you are missing paid days at work.
And worst case scenario…your employer could even fire you for one of the following reasons:
- Loss of Professional license due to an arrest
- Employer fires you at their discretion for your poor character
- You miss too much time working due to court ordered activities
- You have a job that requires you to drive
- You worked in transportation services
15. DUIs Cost Your Precious Time
In addition to the money you are shelling out…think about all of the ways you must pay in precious time.
“Time Is Money”— Benjamin Franklin
- Jail Time
- Less Time for a social life due to community service or lack of car
- Time spent in court appearances
- Time spent with your attorney
- Time spent with your probation officer
- Time spent waiting for public transportation to get you
- More time spent in jail if you miss court mandated activities
Since costs vary from state to state, and differ whether it’s a first time offense or multiple offenses…it can be almost impossible to truly estimate the financial cost of a DUI.
But on average…the costs are guaranteed to be HIGH:
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There are so many ride services that DUI’s are pretty inexcusable these days.
Driving under the influence is not only expensive but could cost you your life or someone else’s.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has produced a national listing of sober/safe ride programs. Save the number for the one in your area in your cell phone, so you always have it on you.
If you have been charged with a DUI, you might be in need of an SR-22
Last Updated on March 14, 2022 by Veronica Moss