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What is the total cost of a DUI?

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2020 | Drunk Driving |

No one sets out to get a DUI, but, unfortunately, your recent run-in with New Jersey law enforcement ended in a charge. You have a lot to think about regarding the individual factors that led to your DUI, but first, you need to gather the funds to put your charge behind you. Without knowing for sure how much a DUI costs, you cannot create a solid budget or develop a proper financial plan. 

Car towing/impound  

You must hand over your keys to let police tow and impound your car after your arrest. This amount varies, but anticipate anything between $100 and $200. 

Fines and fees 

Besides bail from jail, which ranges from $100 to $2,500, you must still pay fines for your DUI. The fine amount depends on whether you have a prior DUI on your record, but a first-time DUI costs an estimated $150 to $1,800. 

DUI fees also add to the total DUI cost. For instance, the jailing fee ranges from $10 to $300, the sentencing fee costs between $100 to $250 and probation fees cost from $200 to $1,200. 

Legal fees 

You may want to secure legal counsel for your case to lower your fine amount and overall punishment. If so, expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 for a first-time DUI attorney. After that, legal fees may double for future DUI charges. 

Treatment/substance abuse class 

DUIs often come with a substance abuse course or treatment requirement. The total cost depends on several factors, including the program itself. Cost estimates for courses and treatment run from $1,000 to $3,000. 

Insurance rates 

When it is time to renew your insurance policy, expect your provider to notice your DUI, which makes you an insurance risk. Depending on your carrier and several other factors, you may see premium increases ranging between $1,000 and $10,000. 

With so much money at stake, you owe it to yourself to know every penny you may spend because of your DUI. Hopefully, you can lower your costs.