Hidden Costs of a DUI

A DUI conviction can cost you more than your freedom. In addition to facing criminal penalties, you may also encounter severe financial penalties as well. For starters, the bail amount on a first offense DUI may cost you $2,000, while the bail for a second offense may cost you $5,000. A third offense DUI may cost you $20,000 simply to get out of jail. While you are in jail, it is likely that your vehicle will be in "car-jail" as well. You will be responsible to pay for the towing and impound costs, which start as soon as the tow truck picks up your vehicle from the traffic stop. It may cost you $230 plus $35 a day to get your vehicle out of impound.

If you are convicted of a DUI, your car insurance company will likely classify you as a "high risk driver." Once this occurs, your insurance rates can double, triple, or in some cases quadruple. You will be required to pay this higher rate for the next 3 to 7 years. In some cases, your policy may even be cancelled. A DUI conviction will also require you to carry an SR-22 certificate, which can cost as much as $50 per policy period.

If you or a loved one has been charges with DUI, you are encouraged to contact Joey Gilbert Law. With over 35 years of legal experience, you can rest assured that your matter will receive the diligence and attention it deserves.


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