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The Costs of a DUI Conviction

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High Cost of a DUI in Florida

When you think about the risks of a DUI conviction, you likely first think about jail time, probation, license suspension, or maybe even social embarrassment. Something that you may not be aware of, however, are all of the financial costs associated with getting a DUI. We’ve put together a list of some expenses you can expect after a DUI conviction.

  • Fines
  • Drug Screening
  • License Reinstatement
  • Alternate Transportation
  • Insurance Rates

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Fines for DUI in FL

After being convicted of DUI, you will almost always be required to pay fines. The amount will vary based on whether it is a first or repeat offense, and the circumstances of your arrest. For a standard first offense, you could be paying up to $2,000 in fines.

Ignition Interlock Device Cost in Florida

When you are required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, you’re also required to pay for it. The average cost of installation is around $110. When considering installation and maintenance costs, it costs about $3 a day to have an ignition interlock device in your car. While $3 a day doesn’t sound like it will break the bank, it quickly adds up.

Florida Drug Screening

If you are required to participate in drug tests after your DUI conviction, you could be paying anywhere from $30 to $200 depending on the type of drug test (urine, hair, blood).

Cost of License Reinstatement in FL

After a DUI in Florida, your license will be suspended for at least 180 days. Once that period is up, you will have to pay a fee of $45 to get your license reinstated.

Alternate Transportation Costs

During your period of suspension, you will also have to budget for alternate ways to get around. This could be public transportation, Uber, or purchasing a bicycle.

The cost of an Uber varies based on:

  • Base fare
  • Time spent in the car
  • Distance traveled
  • Fees
  • Surge charges
  • Tips

An average Uber ride is about $25.

Insurance Rates Effects from DUI in Florida

One of the most expensive parts of a DUI conviction is its effect on your insurance rates. After a DUI, you will have to obtain SR-22 insurance, which is significantly more expensive than a basic policy. With SR-22 insurance, you can expect your annual insurance costs to increase by about $1,200.

Jacksonville DUI Defense Attorneys

Not only are there all of these hidden costs with a DUI conviction, but there are additional consequences that can affect you for the rest of your life. Our team at First Coast Criminal Defense wants to help you keep your record clean.

Call us today at (904) 474-3115 to share the details of your Florida DUI arrest with our criminal defense attorneys.