Petersen Johnson

The Financial Impact and Costs of a DUI

Everyone knows that a DUI is the last thing they need. The laws are continually increasing, the jail time is considerably higher than it used to be, and the costs have been rising along with it.

Do you understand the financial impact of a DUI?

It may very well become the most expensive ride of your life. Consider a First Offense Regular DUI. After all is said and done, you will have spent over $3,000. This includes paying for a minimum of 24 hours in jail, having your license suspended for 30 days (with a 60 day restriction), installing an ignition interlock device for 12 months, and seeing an increase in insurance premiums.

If your blood alcohol content reaches a level higher than.150, you are now considered an Extreme DUI case. The cost of this occurrence is now over $6,000. The fines have now doubled! Not considering the fines, you will also have to spend a minimum of 30 days in jail. That is where the majority of additional costs come from. Unfortunately, the rest of the costs are the same. Not to mention, the insurance premiums will increase that much more.

We strongly advise taking a cab. $20 for a cab ride is much more acceptable when you consider the cost of a first offense DUI at over $3,000. That is 150 cab rides that you can have for one DUI offense. For an extreme DUI, that is 300 cab rides!

Consider your options. Don’t drink and drive.