You've been pulled over and arrested for DUI. Fortunately, you didn't crash, damage any property, or hurt anybody. One of the biggest concerns facing you now is financial. A routine DUI without any damage or injury is Very Expensive. Using California as an example, let's break down how much this is going to cost.
Check your bank account first.
Do you have an extra
That's what you will spend if you are arrested for a routine DUI.
Three of the bills you will pay are variable. At their low end, each is very expensive.
|Reason||Range||Why it Varies|
|Fine||$390 - $1,200||A mixture of the circumstances of your case and the personal decision of your Judge.
|Attorney Fees||$500 - $10,000||Lawyers charge higher prices in highly populated areas. Quality is a huge factor in price too!
|Insurance Rate Increases||$3,600 - $6,600||A DUI will increase your rates significantly for at least 3 years.
|Total||$4,490 - $17,800||But wait, there's more!|
There is also a list of smaller Standard fees and bills you have to pay which add up considerably.
Different states will have different fees with the same re$ults.
|State Restitution Fund||$100
|Alcohol-Abuse Education Fund||$50
|Blood or Breath Testing Fee||$37
|Jail Cite and Release Fee||$10
|Driving/Alcohol Awareness School||$500
|License Reissue Fee||$100
|Towing and Storage||$187
This all adds up to a grand total of between
Thinking of Drinking and Driving? Check your bank account first. Can you afford it?
At around $100 installation and $60/month monitoring/calibration for a year, you can add yet another $800 or so to all of the above.
Remember, these costs are from a so-called routine DUI. If you have damaged your vehicle or any property, or if you have injured or killed someone, the costs as we have outlined them here become a small fraction of what you will pay. Can you afford it?