DUI Fines

DUI Fines
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious criminal offense, regardless of where you live. As a result, if you are charged with DUI, you can expect to face serious penalties for the offense. In addition to license suspension and jail time, your sentence may also include hefty DUI fines. While a fine may not seem that severe, due to the numerous types of fess you may have to pay, the punishment is often the most life-altering consequence you will face.

Depending on the jurisdiction in which you are charged, as well as your prior criminal history, the fines associated with a DUI conviction can range from $500 to $1,000 for a first offense. However, if you have been convicted of drunk driving in the past, your fines could be $15,000 or more—and that doesn’t include any additional expenses you related to your other penalties.

In many states, the court may require DUI offenders to undergo alcohol counseling or enroll in “DUI school.” Since these types of programs are not typically funded by the government, you will be responsible for paying the necessary enrollment fees, as well as any other costs associated with attending the court-ordered classes—typically several hundred dollars or more.

The total amount of your DUI fines may also include the cost of having an ignition interlock device (a mechanism that requires you to successfully pass a breath test in order to operate a vehicle) installed in your automobile if the court includes this as part of your sentence. In such cases, you will not only have to pay the initial installation cost, which can range anywhere from $50 to $250, as well as a monthly rental fee of $50 to $100.

Finally, in addition to these expenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state is likely to impose fines for your conviction. For instance, if your driver’s license is suspended, you are responsible for paying any necessary application fees or other costs required to reinstate your driving privileges.

Although these are the most common types of fines you may be responsible for paying as part of your DUI sentence, they are by no means all of them. As an example, if a person was seriously injured as a result of your actions, or significant property damage occurred, you can expect to be held accountable for your victim’s compensation expenses.

Due to the many penalties associated with a DUI conviction, it is in your best interest to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney. In many cases, the right attorney may be able to help you avoid the life-altering consequences of a drunk driving conviction. Discuss your case with an attorney who specializes in DUI defense by submitting an online case form, and find out how you may be able to reduce or avoid a DUI conviction.

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