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What do you know about the full-cost of a DUI?

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Your recent encounter with Pennsylvania law enforcement resulted in a DUI. You know the charge comes with a financial fallout, but you are unsure of how to plan. Where should you start? 

American Addiction Centers gives you a rundown of the financial cost of a DUI. Learn how to budget for your future and prepare your finances. 

Substance abuse classes or treatment

Expect to take a substance abuse class or treatment course. Treatment fees vary, and the cost of a class may become quite expensive. Plan to spend anything from $1,000 to $3,000 over your probation period. Final costs depend on your chosen program. 

Fines and fees

Courts assess fines for DUIs for spending time in jail ($10 to $300), probation ($200 to $1,200) and sentencing ($100 to $250). Budget for individual fees, too. If this is your first DUI, you may face fines totaling from $150 to $1,800. 

Drug and urine screenings

As part of your probation, you may undergo random drug and urine screenings. You bear financial responsibility for screenings, which usually cost much more than $100. 

Ignition interlock device

No matter if you did not have a DUI on your record until now, you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your car. If so, you pay for installation and ongoing costs, which run from $500 to $1,500. 

Auto insurance

Expect higher auto insurance rates when your coverage provider learns of your charge. Prepare to pay between $1,000 to $10,000 more for your policy as a high-risk motorist.