Driving under the influence (DUI) can lead to a number of unpleasant consequences. Most states have incredibly harsh penalties in place for DUI convictions, such as prison sentences, suspension of your driving privileges, and the necessity of attending substance abuse programs. However, there is an additional punishment few people consider when they drive while intoxicated—the financial repercussions.
According to one study, a typical DUI might cost you about $10,000 by the time you pay bail, fines, fees, and insurance, even if no one and nothing got hurt. However, that study was done in 2011, and there has been inflation since then. Bail can cost anywhere from $150 to $2,000, and if your car was towed, the vehicle might cost another $100 to $300 to retrieve. If your car was impounded, the cost of getting it back would range from $100 to $400, depending on the length of the impound.
Legal fees can cost up to $25,000, while the fines for a DUI conviction can range from $390 to $3,000. Additionally, a judge might order you to take alcohol and driving classes ($550) and install an ignition interlock device ($100 to $200 plus monthly rental fees).
Also, the cost of your driving insurance will increase significantly, as the insurance company will view you as a higher risk driver. According to DMV.org, your insurance will increase up to $40,000 over a 13-year span. Some of this fee is the needed SR-22 certification for the 1st 3 years. Following certification, the costs are from increased premiums as compared to the baseline for your age.
Likewise, these costs don’t take into account any wages lost by going to court or spending time in jail. The total cost of a DUI will range into the thousands, particularly if you are convicted of a 2nd or subsequent DUI.
In order to fight this charge, speak to an experienced Encino DUI attorney about your case as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Scott R. Spindel has the resources you need to defend your rights and save you money. Attorney Spindel has extensive courtroom and trial experience to offer your case, and he has handled many drunk driving cases in several Southern California counties. Let us see what we can do for you.
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