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Which fees and costs of a DUI that is not negotiable?

Los Angeles, CA |
Attorney answers 3


You are looking at fines and fees in the range of $1500- $3000. Some if these may be converted into community service if the court allows this . You also face alcohol school fees. Other than community service in lieu of some fines the fees are not negotiable.
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If you got this in Los Angeles County you will have to install an IID on your car. In addition you have to obtain SR22 insurance .
You also need an attorney to deal with this.

Andrew Roberts
(818) 597-0633


The mandatory minimum for a first time DUI conviction is $390 plus penalty assessments and other various court fees. That totals up to be just under $2,000. You can convert the fine (the $390 plus assessments) to community service, but not the fees. You can take care of about $1400 worth by doing the community service.

The court will set up a payment plan for you based on your ability to pay.

The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.


There is a wide range of costs and fees associated with a DUI conviction, depending largely on the county in which the case occurs. It is possible to lower the fines and fees in some counties, and it is also possible to satisfy some or all of the fines and fees by serving jail time or some jail alternative. There are also costs related to the license suspension, including DMV fees, alcohol school, and SR-22 insurance. I typically advise those of my clients who are going to be convicted to make sure they have enough money to enroll in the alcohol school and get the insurance before paying the court fines and fees.