In 2018, more than 1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most drivers that were tested had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of at least 0.08. Meaning, the driver has usually had more than five drinks.
If it happens to be the driver’s first DUI, they most likely will not receive jail time, though they may have to pay up to $10,000 in fines and fees. However, if the driver happened to cause an accident or any other property damage the court may not be so lenient.
What All Costs May Be Associated Along With A DUI Charge?
Legal fees might be the first cost that comes to mind when thinking about a DUI, however, that might only be the start of the expenses. If a car accident occurred with a DUI, expensive medical treatment may follow including property damage. Many states may not require jail time for first-time offenders but they will still have to deal with the following:
- Car towing fees, and possible impound fees
- Court costs
- Probation fees
- Mandated DUI education programs
- Drivers license reinstatement fees
Fees typically get higher for repeat offenders and multiple charges tend to skyrocket insurance rates. Some companies may also refuse to cover the costs of the accident and even drop drivers if they were under the influence or if their driver’s license becomes suspended.
The Emotional Toll A DUI Can Cause A Driver
The fees associated with a DUI charge can be emotionally draining all on their own. The long-term emotional toll these charges can create are often not considered and should be. Some drivers find that a DUI can give them a bad reputation with their employer as well as family and friends.
Friendships and relationships can become strained if the driver has to ask for rides or other support. To avoid any future distress, it is best to avoid drinking and driving, instead have a designated driver when going out.