What are the hidden financial costs of a DUI?

A driving under the influence offense, also called a DUI, ends up being much more expensive than a simple fine. Although every situation is different, there are many hidden costs that can add to the financial expense.

If this is your first DUI, you face between $600 and $1,000 in fines, between 48 and 96 hours of community service and jail time ranging from five days to one year. This penalty goes up with subsequent offenses.

Additional fees

You may also need to pay penalty surcharges of up to $500, which goes to programs to help address persistent drunk drivers. You may be required to pay a $200 fee for an alcohol treatment evaluation, and possibly also surcharges to benefit crime victims. Examples of these surcharges include $33 toward the Victim Compensation Fund or $20 toward the Brain Injury Fund.

There will be additional fees to cover the cost of trial, which could be as low as $21, but could be more depending on your situation. If you receive probation, you will be charged $50 a month in probation fees. Having your car impounded, getting your license reinstated and installing an ignition interlock device on your car will all add to the expense, if they apply to your situation. Increased car insurance may also affect your finances.

Altogether, a first DUI offense can cost over $13,500, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. This financial cost can be a heavy burden, especially if you must also miss work throughout the process.

A DUI is a serious offense paired with serious consequences. Because of the expensive repercussions, it is important to utilize all available defense tactics, so you can receive the best possible outcome for your situation.

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