The financial cost of a DUI conviction can range as much as $24,000 or more when after the dust settles. This often includes fines, bail, increased premiums for auto insurance, legal fees, loss of income from being fired, taking days off work to attend court, and alcohol education classes that will likely be ordered by the court. In fact, you don’t even need to be convicted in order to start racking up certain charges when facing a DUI.

Even though many jurisdictions consider a first DUI offense as a misdemeanor, the fines are so steep because most district attorneys and judges take a DUI extremely seriously.

Potential Average Costs Related to a DUI:


  • Fines and court costs - $300 to $2,500
  • Attorney fees - $2,500 to $10,000
  • Bail - $150 to $2,500
  • DUI Education School - $150 to $2,000
  • Car towing and impounding - $100 to $1,200
  • License reinstatement - $95 to $250
  • Car ignition interlock device - $325 and up
  • Incarceration costs - $10 to $50
  • Increased preminums with auto insurance over one year - $5,000 to $10,000 over the next 5 years

Additional Expenses:


  • Temporary loss of income
  • Periodic blood tests
  • Monthly monitoring fees
  • Loss of Job

The true financial impact on a single person is difficult to estimate as the costs can vary greatly depending on certain details such as jurisdiction, previous driving record, fines, attorney fees, and circumstances specific to the actual incident. Additionally, you need to consider whether there was any additional damage to other cars, properties, or any injuries.

People who receive DUIs miss a great deal of work not only to attend court, but also to perform community service aspects of their sentence, or even jail time.

In many states, your license will be suspended for a minimum of 90 days just for the DUI arrest itself. If you get a DUI conviction, your license could potentially be suspended for as long as an entire year or more.

If you are a stockbroker, airline pilot, nurse, lawyer or doctor, your professional license could also be revoked. Additionally, a DUI will be on your criminal record, visible to any potential employer that performs a background check on you. A DUI conviction will stay on your record for as long as 15 years.