When the weather is gorgeous, everyone’s got plans for the pool, the beach, the backyard barbecue, and making the most of it. Just make sure throughout all of the fun and games that someone is picked as the designated driver. DUI arrests tend to go up over the holiday weekends, and aside from all of the bad things that could come of drinking and driving (i.e. serious and fatal accidents), they are RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE!
How expensive? Take a look at the following breakdown for the Florida DUI First Time Minimum Penalty*:
- One Year of Supervised Probation – About $637 (Includes monthly fee, intake fee, and drug test fee)
- DUI Counter Attack Class Level 1 – $250
- Any recommended treatment for substance abuse – $200 (Based on an estimated 10 sessions @ $20/each)
- Victim Awareness Panel – $39.95
- 6 Month Driver’s License Suspension – $130+ (Hardship License Application & Reinstatement Fees)
- 50 Hours of Community Service – $250+ (If allowed to “buy out” half”)
- Fine – $500
- Insurance Rate Increase (not disclosed, but expect to pay for it for a few years!)
- Court Costs – $200-500
- Cost of Prosecution – $100
- Cost of Investigation – $150 (Average, includes arresting/investigating officer & breath center tech time, even if you don’t blow)
Total estimated amount… $2756.95 and that is NOT including an attorney’s fee which can range from $1500-$5,000! (And let’s not forget DUI Mugshot removal at about $250 per website!)
Enjoy your friends, your family, your beverage of choice, but just remember to save yourself some serious time, money, and headache by drinking responsibly. Even a tow and a cab is cheaper in the long run.
If you do find yourself arrested for a DUI, the smart decision is to act fast and hire an attorney. You will have less than 10 days to request a hearing before the DMV administratively suspends your license and the costs start to kick in! Call The Colbert Law Firm at (407) 412-7234 for experienced DUI Defense!
*Estimated costs based on DUI first time minimums excluding any enhancements. DUI costs rise depending upon facts, circumstances, and DUI driving history. First time offenders can waive their administrative hearing and apply for a hardship license, but you only have 10 days to do so with proof of enrollment in a DUI Level I Class. Schedule an appointment with one of our DUI Attorneys to talk about your options!
**Originally posted in May, 2013. This post has been updated to reflect changes in the law.