Your recent DUI charge served as a wake-up call, but it also resulted in financial penalties to accompany the legal penalties. How should you plan your budget to pay monetary fines and fees associated with your unfortunate brush with Washington law enforcement?
American Addiction Centers breaks down common DUI costs. Use their insights to understand the full financial scope of your charge.
When the time comes to renew your auto insurance policy, expect your provider to notice your DUI. As a result, you could experience increased premiums. Depending on your provider and the circumstances of your DUI, you may see an increase ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
Losing your driving privileges means that you cannot drive yourself to and from work, to run errands and other places. You could have friends and family who do not mind chauffeuring you around, but even then, you may want to give them gas money. Otherwise, you may have to pay for taxis, public transportation or rideshares.
Ignition interlock device
Say that you retain your driving privileges after receiving your first DUI. The court may order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle that requires a breath sample before your car starts. You must pay for the device, which ranges between $500 and $1,500.
Substance abuse educational class or treatment
Most people charged with a DUI complete substance abuse treatment or educational classes as part of their probation. You must foot the bill for such courses, which, depending on the specific class, can become quite expensive. Expect to budget anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for a single course.