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Do you know how much a DUI costs?

| Sep 16, 2020 | drunk driving defense |

Your recent encounter with Florida law enforcement resulted in a DUI. Do you know the full financial extent of a single drunk-driving charge? 

Going beyond bail, towing and impounding, American Addiction Centers explores the full monetary cost of a DUI. Learn how to plan your finances and budget in the months and years ahead. 

Fines and fees

Expect to pay first-time DUI fines ranging from $150 to $1,800, more if you have multiple DUIs on your record. Intoxication charges also come with various fees, such as a jail fee ranging from $10 to $300, probation fees falling between $200 and $1,200 and sentencing feels spanning from $100 to $250. If you must serve community service, you require supervision, for which you may have to pay approximately $100. 

Drug and urine screenings

The court may require you to undergo random urine or drug screenings as part of your probation or bail. You foot the bill for testing, which costs much more than $100 and varies. 

Substance abuse treatment or class

Courts often require DUI offenders to undergo a substance abuse class or treatment. While the specific program determines the final cost, budget for anything between $1,000 and $3,000. Usually, those convicted pay more for education classes. 

Ignition interlock device

You may have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which measures your blood alcohol content before you can start your vehicle. Fees for the device fall from $500 to $1,500. 

Auto insurance

When insurance providers learn of your DUI, expect to become an at-risk driver who must pay higher premiums. You may experience an increase of $1,000 to $10,000. Several factors determine your ultimate costs, such as your insurance provider and geographic location. 

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