A DUI conviction can have serious ramifications, including but not limited to fines, jail time, license suspension and mandatory alcohol treatment. However, upon conviction in Virginia, it is your bank account that will experience the most damage.
According to Alcohol.org, the true cost of a DUI varies greatly from state to state and based on a number of factors. However, using findings from various reports, the organization was able to produce a ballpark figure, and the figure is a high one. A first DUI conviction typically costs offenders anywhere between $10,000 and $25,000. What does that $10K to $25K cover? Alcohol.org provides a breakdown.
If an officer stops you for driving under the influence, you can expect to go to jail. To get out of jail, you need to post bail, which can range from $100 to $2,500. The officer will also have your car towed and impounded, which will cost you an additional $100 to $1,200.
If you hire an attorney to help fight the charges, expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000. You will have to pay attorney fees even if you use a public offender.
If the court convicts you, it will impose a fine. Fines for first-time DUIs range from $150 to $1,800. You will also have to pay for other expenses associated with your arrest, including fees for jail time (up to $300), fees for sentencing ($100 to $250) and probation fees ($200 to $1,200).
If the judge orders random drug and urine screenings as a condition of your probation or bail, expect to pay another $100 in lab fees. If the state requires you to install an ignition interlock device, which is becoming a standard DUI penalty, expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500 for the device and installation.
The state is likely to require you to perform some type of educational class on substance abuse or to join a treatment program. The fees associated with these programs vary but generally cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 over the course of probation.
To get your license back at the end of your probationary period, expect to pay between $20 and $200 to the DMV. Once you get your license back, your insurance company is sure to increase your rates. Some drivers see their fees increase as much as $10,000.
This article is not meant to serve as legal advice. It is for your informational purposes only.