What are the Potential Costs Affiliated with Being Charged and Convicted of a First-Time Misdemeanor DUI Offense In California?by Attorney Felicia Woods-Yates on 03/12/16
What are the Potential Costs Affiliated with Being Charged and Convicted of a First-Time Misdemeanor DUI Offense In California?
I am often asked what type of expense is a client facing when he/she is charged, and if convicted of a first-time DUI offense. The best advice I can give anyone contemplating driving a motor vehicle after having consumed any measurable amount of alcohol or drugs is the following: Don’t do it! Call for an Uber, Lyft, or traditional taxi ride, designate a driver ahead of time, or simply spend the night at the place you happen to find yourself that evening.
Having said all that, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of facing a first-time DUI charge, I am going to breakdown the average prospective costs of being cited / arrested for same. A first-offense misdemeanor DUI for an adult, age 21 or older, with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08% or higher, are as follows:
If you are charged only…
· $350.00 Vehicle Towing & Storage
· $170.00 Booking and fingerprinting
· $2,500.00 Private Attorney’s Fees (for Court)
· $500.00 Private Attorney’s Fees (DMV Admin defense)
· $500.00 Forensic Toxicologist (to review blood or breath tests)
· $4,020.00 TOTAL
If you are convicted…
- $1,923.00 DUI Fine & Penalty Assessments
- $575.00 Alcohol First Offender Class
- $125.00 DMV License Renewal (if DMV sustains suspension)
- $10,150.00 Estimated Insurance Increases (over ten years)*
- $12,773.00 TOTAL
* A first-offense DUI conviction will remain on your DMV record for a 10-year period.
If charged and convicted…
- $16,793.00 GRAND TOTAL
You can see that this can make for a very expensive “night out” or “social drink.” The moral of the story, which you have heard many times due in large part to organizations such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), is simply, don’t drink and drive – no matter what! Not only is it a much safer alternative, it will also avoid a potentially costly impact to your personal finances.
Since everyone's DUI incident is unique to that individual and the specific circumstances, you should consult with a competent defense attorney to determine your best course of action. Felicia Yates has been practicing law for over 30 years in California and can be reached at (760) 326-5297, and found at Law Offices of Felicia Yates & Associates.