A DUI conviction can cost $10,000

A financial website tallies up the out-of-pocket costs for a drunken driving arrest, and it's far from cheap.

By Bruce Kennedy Dec 31, 2012 5:06PM

For many of us, this time of year can mean more parties, office get-togethers and family gatherings. And with those often alcohol-fueled meetings in mind, here's a bit of financial advice: Getting a bus, a taxi or a lift home from a sober friend can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.


The website GoBankingRates.com has tallied up the expenses for getting arrested while driving under the influence.


In a best-case scenario -- that is, with no one getting hurt, nothing damaged and no lawsuit -- a DUI arrest will probably set you back around $10,000.


Here’s how the website breaks down its numbers:


Towing and Storage. Your car will be towed and impounded after a DUI arrest, an expense of at least $100.
 
Legal Fees.
About $2,500 for an attorney.
 
Fines.  Figure around $2,500.
 
Alcohol Re-education Program.
  If you’re convicted on a DUI charge, most states will require you to attend an alcohol re-education and treatment program, which you will pay for. That expense: between $1,500 and $2,500.

Your License. You'll probably have your driver's license confiscated after a DUI arrest. It can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 to retrieve it from the authorities.
 
Insurance. Expect an auto insurance hike of $1,500 to $2,000 more per year for up to five years after a DUI conviction -- that is, if your provider doesn’t drop you outright.

Suddenly, that long bus ride or costly taxi fare home starts looking very cost-efficient.


Don’t forget that some cities and municipalities have free public transportation on New Year’s Eve. And a number of AAA clubs offer a "Tipsy Tow" service to both members and non-members to get your vehicle and yourself home safely.


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3Comments
Jan 1, 2013 1:10PM
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THIS WAS ALWAYS ABOUT MAKING MONEY FOR CITIES AND STATES AND POLICE THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DUI AND

SAVING ANYBODY! JUST LIKE WITH CAMERAS ALL OVER AT RED LIGHTS AND STOP SIGNS! WHAT HAPPEN TO FREEDOM?

GOVT PASSES MORE LAWS AND TAKING AWAY MORE FREEDOM EVERYDAY FOR MORE MONEY WITH FINES AND FEES AND

THE MONEY JUST GETS WASTED AND NEVER ENOUGH AND THEY WANT MORE AND MORE!

Jan 1, 2013 3:18PM
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We have a gas shortage, massive unemployment and a problem with predatory law firms. You mean to say that states can't figure out a mass transit alternative and procedures for processing over-imbibers?

 

This is antique thinking still dominating us. Time to vote geezer-government and their law pariah out and vote in some commonsense.

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