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How do DUI costs break down?

On Behalf of | Mar 10, 2022 | Dui/dwi |

When South Carolina law enforcement charges motorists with drunk driving, they may wonder how to structure their finances to account for DUI costs. Knowing those costs allows for a well-structured budget.

U.S. News & World Report reviews common DUI fees. With a thorough fee breakdown, drivers have one less thing to worry about while responding to drunk driving charges and mounting a solid defense.

License fees

Depending on the state, drivers accused of drunk driving could lose their license. Those who do must pay a fee before they regain their driving privileges.

Transportation costs

Without a license, those with a DUI on their records must find alternate modes of transportation to get to and from work and wherever else they wish to go. Options include public transportation and rideshare services. While relatives and friends may offer rides, they could also expect money for gas.

Increased auto insurance premiums

Rather than learn about drunk driving charges in real time, car insurance providers rarely find out about them until the time comes to renew the driver’s current policy. If the company does not drop the policyholder as a customer, it may increase her or his premiums significantly for several years.

Ignition interlock device

Some defendants must install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles after receiving a DUI. Courts charge installation and monthly fees for the device.

Substance abuse classes

Those charged with drunk driving may need to take substance abuse classes, which cost money. Those who would rather not pay the fee or do not have the financial resources may go to jail for a few days.

Drunk driving charges often send ripples through a person’s life. Anticipating those ripples helps individuals weather the legal storm.

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