DWI & DUI ARREST Drunk Driving Costs & Consequences
A DUI ARREST AND CONVICTION CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE.
The FINES: range from
$390 to $1,200 in most states. The number will vary depending on the circumstances of your case and the personal decision of the Judge handling your case.
Attorney Fees: range from
$400 to over $10,000. Lawyers charge higher prices in big metropolitan areas.
The old saying: "you get what you paid for" is true here. But if it is your first DUI offense, any responsible attorney that will show up to the hearing can do the job. Don't spend too much here.
Once you've been caught with blood alcohol over .08%, you will have to go through the process no matter what. Usually, a first conviction will be downgraded to Reckless Driving.
FEES AND OTHER COSTS
Penalty Assessment: $700
Driving/Alcohol Awareness School: $500
State Restitution Fund: $100
License Reissue Fee: $100
Blood/Breath Testing Fee: $40
Alcohol-Abuse Education Fund: $50
Jail Cite and Release Fee: $10
Vehicle Towing and Storage: $200
Fees may vary depending on region, county and state laws.
OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI ARREST:
Suspension of driving privileges for 90 days
From 48 hours to 6 months detention time
DUI School attendance
Electronic Monitoring by an ankle bracelet that electronically monitors the whereabouts of the person wearing it
Forced community service
Alcohol/substance abuse treatments or classes
Installation of Ignition Interlock Devices
Loss of job/income
Daily confrontation with the guilt for the damage caused to the others involved in the accident
Social stigmatization and embarrassment
Living without driving license
A SECOND CONVICTION WITHIN A 7 YEAR PERIOD
Jail sentence of TEN days to SIX months
Driver License suspension for ONE year
A motorist that causes a SERIOUS INJURY or DEATH while driving under influence of alcohol or drugs, will be fined $2000 to $5000 and sentenced to PRISON from TWO to TWENTY years.
INSURANCE RATE INCREASE
A DUI conviction will increase from $3,500 to $6,500 or more annually. It will last for at least 3 years.
DUI convictions stay on your record for 7 years.
Vehicle impoundment, treatment programs combined with supervision during probation, and house arrest, are some of the consequences for the repeat offender.
Alcohol-related deaths account for approximately 35% of all fatalities, and costs citizens about 51 billion dollars each year in the US.
Repeat DUI offenders contribute to about 12 percent of the fatal vehicle crashes in the US.
The highest percentage of DUI offenders belong to the age group of 18-24.
Non-fatal accidents can be costly and cause serious bodily damage and/or property damage.
The average BAC Level among fatally injured drinking drivers is 0.16%.
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