Costs of a first time DUI
In the United States, DUIs are the most frequently committed crimes. It is estimated that DUIs account for 32% of all fatal car accidents.
Because of the dangers of drunk driving, strict penalties have been put in place for DUI offenders. For a first time DUI you could face jail time, loose your driver’s license, and pay large fines. Being convicted of a DUI will also increase the cost of your Auto Insurance.
The total cost of a first time DUI in California averages around $7000. Below we will break down the costs of a DUI individually.
- -Minimum Fine $390 to $1000
The fine for a first time DUI will range from $390 to $1000, but if you are convicted you will generally also face penalty assessment fees.
- -Penalty Assessment $660 to $1000
Penalty assessment fees can vary widely depending on the facts of the particular DUI case.
- -Auto Insurance Increase $2000 to $6000
After being convicted of a DUI, you will have to file an SR-22 with your insurance. This will cause your insurance premiums to go up. Some Insurance companies will not provide an SR-22 and you will be required to switch insurance companies.
- -Towing/Impound fee $200 to $1000
If you are arrested for a DUI, it is likely that your car will be impounded. Depending on the amount of time your car is impounded for, you can expect expensive fines in order to retrieve your vehicle.
- -Court fees $600 to $1000
Court fees will depend on the time and resources the court spends on your case.
These are the fees for a first time DUI with no aggravating factors, such as accidents or injuries. Depending on your individual case the cost of a DUI may vary. DUIs can affect your life permanently and can keep costing you money many years after a conviction.
Hiring an attorney who understands the law surrounding DUIs and who has experience fighting DUIs in the courtroom may help reduce some of the fines associated with a DUI.
The cost of an attorney can vary from as little as $250 in order to enter a quick guilty plea, to thousands of dollars depending on the time your attorney must spend on your case.
If you would like more information on the consequences and penalties of a DUI, contact us for your free initial consultation.