Getting convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can cost much more than you might think. Check out this break down of just how much it could cost to drink and drive, and think about these costs next time you drink and consider getting behind the wheel.
Attorney Fees Attorney Fees to contest a typical DWI with my crash: $2,500.00 Triple that for a charge in which someone is injured or killed
Insurance Pool Surcharge Three Year Minimum: $4,500.00 This is added to your current insurance cost. Also, low cost insurers will not write insurance for DWI offenders so you'll have to use an insurance company that charges higher rates. Additional Insurance Cost $1,500.00
Fines DWI Fines Range from $300 - $5,00, the average is: $500.00
Alcohol Evaluation/Treatment $500.00
Minimun Cost for a DUI? $9,500.00
And probably the hardest to take...
Civil Penalties if sued by those you injure or kill (additional thousands)
Lost time from work
Lost opportunities for advancement due to stigma
Higher Life Insurance costs (they ask if your License has ever been suspended)
Felony Charges include jail time and loss of voting rights
If you are injured in a crash your medical bills may be rejected by health insurers because you were committing a crime while sustaining your injuries