Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge, with serious consequences – even for a first-time conviction.
In Florida, the financial ramifications of a DUI conviction can be substantial. If you’re charged with a DUI, these are some of the potential financial consequences you may face both inside and outside the courtroom.
Court costs and fines
Upon a DUI conviction in Florida, offenders can expect to face substantial fines, which can vary depending on factors such as blood alcohol content (BAC) level and prior convictions. For a first offense without any aggravating factors, the fine typically ranges from $500 to $1,000. Additionally, there are court costs and you may also have probation fees and other related expenses.
License reinstatement fees
A DUI conviction in Florida leads to an automatic driver’s license suspension. The duration of the suspension can vary based on factors like BAC level and prior offenses. Following the suspension period, reinstating your driver’s license can be expensive due to reinstatement fees, administrative fees and license renewal fees. The total cost can amount to several hundred dollars.
Your vehicle may be impounded for 10 days for a first offense, and both the tow and every day on the lot will add to your total expenses. That can also easily run into hundreds of dollars.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID) costs
You may be required to install an IID in your vehicle – at your own expense. The installation fee, monthly rental fees, and maintenance costs can accumulate over time and range from several hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Increased insurance premiums
Insurance providers often categorize DUI offenders as high-risk drivers, leading to a substantial increase in premiums for several years. These increased rates can double or even triple the cost of auto insurance, resulting in thousands of dollars in additional expenses.
Potential employment concerns
Probation, community service, mandatory alcohol education programs and other penalties can also disrupt your daily life and potentially lead to job loss or difficulty finding employment due to your criminal record. That can have disastrous long-term implications for your financial future.
A lot of people worry about the expense of experienced legal guidance when they’re facing a drunk driving charge – but the cost of trying to navigate this issue on your own can be much higher in the long run.