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The Real Cost of a DUI/OVI

According to the recent article DUI: The $10,000 Ride Home, by MSN Money correspondent Christopher Solomon, the total expected costs of dealing with a first time offense for DUI/OVI can be in excess of $10,000.00.

In the article, Solomon states, "If you need any more reasons not to drink and drive, consider this: A driving-under-the-influence conviction is a financial wrecking ball. A typical DUI costs about $10,000 by the time you pay bail, fines, fees and insurance, even if you didn't hit anything or hurt anybody."

Most people realize that there are fines and fees associated with a charge of DUI/OVI, but they often overlook many of the hidden costs which tend to add up very quickly. The following are some of the potential costs associated with a charge of DUI/OVI, as well as the ranges within which they can fall:

  • Bail – $150-$2,500
  • Towing – $100-$1,200.
  • Insurance – $4,500 or more.
  • Legal Fees – $1,000-$25,000.
  • Fines – $300-$1,200.
  • Alcohol Evaluation – $150-$2,000 for basic treatment.
  • Alcohol-Monitoring Leg Bracelet – $100 installation/ $10 per day.
  • License Reinstatement Fees – $95-$250.
  • Various Additional Fees – $325+

There are various other costs which are unique to each individual, such as:

  • Increased Life Insurance Premiums
  • Lost Wages/Employment
  • Blemish on Your Resume

If you have been charged with DUI/OVI, a knowledgeable DUI/OVI attorney can help you protect your interests both in and out of the courtroom. For experienced legal advice, contact an Akron DUI/OVI Attorney today.

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