What are the Costs Associated with DUI Arrest in LA?

What are the Costs Associated with DUI Arrest in LA?

Court fines differ from state to state and county to county. Typically first offense fines range between $250 and $1500.

Legal Fees. Using a lawyer to navigate the system will probably help but (assuming you don’t go to trial) will cost approximately $2,000. Of course, there’s no expense if you go pro se. Cost: $0 (no lawyer) to $2,000. (Going to trial will likely cost at least $5,000. ) License Reinstatment. The administrative costs for getting your license back after suspensions vary by state. Expect to pay between $250 and $500.

Substance Abuse/Counseling/Rehabilitation Classes – If these are required in your case, the costs may range from $100 to $500.

Ignition Interlock System. If required, you’ll pay an installation fee ($100) and monthly rental fee of approximately $50 to $100 per month. Average time for first offense is 3 months though many states require longer periods. Figure this cost between $0 and $325 Increased Insurance costs. After a DUI, you’ll be categorized by your insurance company as a high-risk driver. Most insurance companies will raise rates at least $1,000 - $1500 or more annually. This high-risk requirement typically continues for three years, after which the rates drop back down. Expect to pay between $3,000 - $4500 over three years. Loss of Income. Sitting in jail, doing community service, court appearances and remedial services may take you away from your job for anywhere from one to four weeks. The median US income in 2014 was about $52,000 a year. So we’re estimating the cost at $1,000 to $4,000.

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