Drinking? Don’t drive. A DUI comes with a hefty price tag.
While you may be enjoying the summer nights with a crisp and cold beer in your hand, it’s always important to be mindful of your actions. From not texting your boss while tipsy to getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, drinking requires responsibility.
Even today, with public notices of the dangers of drinking and driving, teens and adults alike continue to drive themselves (as well as others) while they are drunk. If you think that a DUI fine is just a drop in the ocean – think again. This offense can have serious consequences.
Aside from the social stigma, in convenience, and financial burden, getting a DUI comes with a heavy price tag of fees, fines, and penalties! If you have yet to be convinced to call a taxi after a round of pints – read on!
Initial DUI Costs, Fines, and Fees
Upon a DUI arrest in Illinois, you’ll likely have to post bail. This can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. You may also have to pay a towing and impound fee to get your car back and this typically ranges from $100 to $200. Don’t forget about the court charges and fines, all of which can set you back a few hundred.
You’ll be required to take a class on the dangers of DUIs, and you’ll have to pay for it. Remedial substance abuse class starts at $50 per session, and counseling at around $200. Plus, there’s an additional cost for drug and alcohol screening.
The fee charged by your attorney can vary by experience level, location, and the complexity of the case. Even a first offense with a straightforward case can cost upwards of $1,300.
A DUI can increase your insurance by an average of 19 percent! Generally, your rates will rise for three consecutive years after your offense, provided that you don’t obtain any more offenses.
Missing days of work to attend court, ignition interlock costs, and possible license suspension are all costs that add up to the total price of a DUI.