What Are The Costs of a DUI?

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Potential expenses from a DUI

According to a recent CNBC article: Drunk Driving Could Cost $20,000, by Craig Guillot, you could expect to spend as much as $20,000.00 in total costs for a first time DUI offense.  Another article, The Most Expensive Ride You’ll Ever Take, by Ashley Grant details her expensive experience with a DUI charge.

“One drink too many puts you at risk not only for an arrest, but also for fees, fines and costs that can run you thousands of dollars. While a DUI or DWI may be a misdemeanor charge in a number of jurisdictions, it’s a matter that most judges and district attorneys take very seriously. The financial toll of a conviction will play out for years to come, and in many states, that can add up to $20,000 before everything is over. This includes bail, fines, legal fees, increased auto insurance premiums, loss of work income, court-ordered alcohol education programs and more.You don’t even have to get convicted to start running up expenses on a DUI charge. But if you’re found guilty, a first offense could mean that last drink cost you dearly. While the amounts vary by location and specific circumstances, here are some of the expenses you may realize.”

  • Fines,
  • Court Costs
  • Attorney Fees
  • Loss of Employment
  • Bail
  • Temporary Loss of Income
  • Alternate Transportation costs,
  • Periodic Blood Testing or Chemical Monitoring
  • Costs Associated With Incarceration
  • Driver Intervention Programs (DUI school)
  • Car Towing, and/or Storage
  • Costs Associated with Transdermal Alcohol Monitors
  • Costs Associated with House Arrest
  • Probation Costs
  • Increased Auto Insurance Payments
  • Costs of Immobilization or Impoundment of Vehicle
  • Forfeiture of Vehicle

If you are arrested for DUI (now called OVI in Ohio), contact experienced trial counsel to fight your OVI charge.  A reduction in your charge from OVI to a reckless operation (R.C. 4511.20) or a physical control charge (R.C. 4511.19.4),  could save you untold thousands of dollars and protect you from some severe unintended consequences. (See Unintended Consequences of a DUI, Id. at this blog).  Charles Rowland has been representing the accused drunk driver for over 15 years.  He has dedicated his time and efforts to becoming one of the most credentialed OVI attorneys in Ohio.  Contact Charles Rowland today:  www.DaytonDUI.com: 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263); 937-318-1DUI (318-1384); on Facebook at Dayton DUI/OVI Defense; on Twitter @DaytonDUI; or by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  24/7 Help is available at the Dayton DUI Hotline (937-776-2671).