How Much Does a DUI Really Cost You?

police officer with breathalyzerWhile everyone knows that driving under the influence is dangerous and illegal, not everyone is aware that getting charged with a DUI means more than spending a night in jail and losing your driver’s license. There are additional consequences that can impact your life, even if you weren’t involved in an accident.

The Fines for a PA DUI Conviction
Because law enforcement is doing everything it can to prevent drunk driving, being convicted of a DUI costs a small fortune. While first DUI convictions can result in fines up to $5,000, subsequent offenses carry fines up to $10,000.

Secondary Costs
In addition to fines, there will be court costs and fees related to your case of possibly more than $1,000. You will also be responsible for incidental expenses such as towing and impound fees, the cost of substance testing, alcohol treatment, safety courses, and expenses associated with a possible ignition interlock system. Your insurance premium will also rise after a DUI conviction, which can account for thousands of dollars a year. Keep in mind that court dates and jail time will also keep you out of work, so add any lost wages you may have to your total costs. After all is said and done, a single DUI (without property damage) can cost around $20,000.

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