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The Cost of a DUI

Your safety and the safety of passengers and other drivers is the primary reason never to drink and drive – but if you need another incentive, just look at how much a DUI costs. MSN Money estimates the average cost of a DUI at $10,000. Here are just some of the fines and fees that can add up to a huge expense.

Insurance – A DUI conviction will place you in a "high risk" insurance category for up to several years. The cost of insurance after a DUI will be much higher than it had been previously. You may also have to carry proof of auto insurance, such as an SR-22 document, after a DUI conviction.

Bail – Following a DUI arrest, you may have the option to post bail. This cost can range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

Towing – If you're driving alone at the time of the arrest, your vehicle will be towed. The towing and storage fees will vary depending on where you're towed and how long the vehicle is stored.

Legal fees – If you choose to contest the DUI charge, be prepared to pay extensive legal fees, even if you win.

Fines – One of the most expensive DUI costs is the various fees levied by the court. These fines vary across states and can exceed $1,000.

Alcohol treatment program – If the judge orders that you undergo an alcohol treatment plan, it's your responsibility to pay for the program.

License reinstatement fees – A DUI often results in a driver's license suspension. Once the suspension has expired, you'll have to pay to have the license reissued.

Lost work time – Court dates, alcohol treatment classes and not being able to drive can all prevent you from earning money – which is another type of added expense.

After looking at the cost of DUI consequences, it's easy to see how quickly expenses can add up. While the exact amount varies from place to place, a DUI is never worth the price. In addition to the safety concerns, the consequences of a DUI are far-reaching, and can impact your both wallet and your relationships with those around you.

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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