The cost of being charged with a DUI is high in an attempt to deter drunk driving. There are a myriad of expenses typically associated with DUIs and it's estimated that a DUI conviction can cost you anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 dollars and possibly more if there is property damage.
The obvious costs include bail, car towing or impound, legal and court fees. In addition to these costs, there are many costs that are more hidden. DUIs usually result in the loss of a license, the cost of alternate transportation during this period adds up as well as the license reinstatement fees from the DMV.
Other less obvious costs include DUI education programs and probation fees. Many insurance companies charge higher premiums or possibly cancel coverage altogether after a DUI conviction. There is also the potential cost of loss of work income, especially if the job requires driving a motor vehicle. Finally, many states now also require that DUI offenders install ignition interlock devices, which can be pricy to purchase and install.
DUI convictions can also be higher for teens, repeat offenders, drivers with extreme blood alcohol levels, or those charged with any ‘aggravating' factors, such as property damage or injuries.
Hiring an attorney with extensive negotiation and courtroom experience can make all the difference in avoiding the high costs of a DUI. Your best chance of not being convicted of a DUI or reducing your DUI charge involves contacting an experienced Fresno DUI attorney. Jones Law has dedicated its practice to DUI cases specifically. We understand California DUI law inside and out. Let us use our knowledge to defend your rights and freedom.