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The Fines & Court Costs Behind DUI

How Much Can You Expect to Pay?

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, there will be no avoiding the considerable costs associated with the legal process. In fact, the national average cost of a first-time DUI charge with a BAC between 0.08% and 0.15% is approximately $12,500.

There are court fees, fines, expenses for attending DUI classes, probationary costs, and other expenses. There are also DUI costs for installing an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car, for reinstating your license, and the substantially increased insurance premiums that will remain in effect for at least three years. In addition, if you have a prior DUI or this charge is a felony, then the DUI costs are even higher.

Some of the costs that are associated with defending a DUI charge include:

  • Court costs
  • Fines
  • Increased fees for multiple DUIs
  • Attorney Fees
  • Expert witnesses
  • Court-ordered classes
  • Travel expenses

The fines for a DUI depend on whether this is a first or repeat offense, and if there are aggravating circumstances such as:

  • Whether you are a first, second, third offender or more
  • You caused serious injuries to another person
  • You caused a fatal accident
  • You had a child passenger in the vehicle

Your fines for a DUI include:

  • 1st offense: $500 to $1,000
  • 2nd Offense: $1,000 to $4,000
  • 3rd Offense: $2,000 to $8,000

Along with defense costs, license reinstatement fees, the costs for installing and maintaining an IID in your car, and probationary expenses, you may expect a dramatic increase in your vehicle insurance premiums. The average premium increase in Connecticut over one-year for a DUI conviction is 81%, which is nearly 10% higher than the national average.

Do not try to defend yourself in a DUI case. Your lawyer for DUI can often uncover errors and irregularities regarding your stop and arrest, and in how the BAC testing procedure was followed including if the equipment was properly serviced and maintained. There are numerous other defenses that only a trained and knowledgeable lawyer for DUI can assert. And for more serious DUI charges, you may need expert witnesses to develop and support your defense since the penalties are far more onerous.

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Social Costs Associated with a DUI

What is often overlooked after considering DUI costs are the social costs associated with a license suspension and a conviction. If you are a first offender and you did not refuse BAC testing, you can request a special operator’s permit that allows you to drive to work or school and attend drug and alcohol classes. If you do obtain such a permit, you are not allowed to use your vehicle for any other purpose. But if the DMV denies your request, you will have to use alternative transportation, which can be costly and unreliable. If you were responsible for transporting your children to school and other activities, you will have to find other ways to get them to school, which may strain your monthly budget.

If you drive for a living such as for a limo, ride-sharing, or trucking company, you could easily lose your job. Even when your license is reinstated, you will have a difficult time finding similar employment because of the DUI on your record. This can produce a domino effect that can impact many other aspects of your life and reverberate for years. For example, if a DUI causes loss of your job, it often results in an economic hardship that can negatively affect your personal relationships. Economic issues are a primary factor in divorces, creating child support and custody issues.

The social costs can be astronomical, and sometimes even debilitating as people try to recover from the lost income, lost employment, and expenses associated with a DUI.

Connecticut DUI Lawyers Working to Keep Financial Costs as Low as Possible

If you have been charged with DUI, one of your primary concerns will be keeping expenses as low as possible. Our Connecticut DUI attorneys at Tomeo Sills, LLC understand this concern, and can focus our efforts on helping you keep your freedom, reputation, and as much of your finances as possible.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office, become better informed today.

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