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When we talk about the costs associated with drunk driving charges on this blog, we usually focus on the personal, professional and emotional costs. There are many good reasons for this, as a DUI can absolutely ruin a person’s reputation, job situation and their overall well-being. However, the financial side of a DUI can be just as crippling, and today we are going to take a harder look at the financial factors at play when someone is charged with a drunk driving offense.

Before we get into some more specific information, it is important to realize that every DUI case is unique and every state has different laws in regards to DUI offenses. As such, the specific fees, costs and penalties associated with your DUI will vary depending on the situation.

However, there are many basic elements that will be at play in any DUI case. First, the financial elements involved in your arrest, booking and court procedure will be myriad. You will have to pay for jail, probation, license suspension, sentencing and court fees, impound costs and many other fees. All of these things combined can total thousands of dollars.

Then there are the costs associated with the aftermath of a DUI. You have to pay for ignition interlock, if it is involved in your DUI. If you perform community service, you may have to pay for that privilege. The one thing that is guaranteed to happen is an increase in your car insurance rates. This is often one of the most financially draining elements to a DUI. Over many years, those hiked-up insurance rates can cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

Source: BACtrack, “The High Costs of a DUI,” Accessed Dec. 1, 2015

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