Most people know that a DUI charge comes with a costly fine, a suspended license, and even potential jail time. What many people don’t know, however, is that the fine faced by those charged with driving under the influence is only the beginning of the costs that come along with a DUI conviction.
Though most people know what probation is, it comes as a surprise to many that they are responsible for paying for it. If you are placed on probation, you will have to pay a monthly fee to cover the costs of administering your probation for the duration of the program.
Alcohol and Drug Education
Alcohol and drug education, often called drunk driving school, is a necessary step to getting your driver’s license back. This program includes classes on drunk driving prevention as well as drug and alcohol abuse. Not only will you have to pay for these classes, but as part of drunk driving school, you will also have to pay for an evaluation of your alcohol habits to determine whether you require treatment. If the assessment determines that you do need treatment, you’ll have to pay for that, too.
Increased Auto Insurance Costs
If you’re convicted of a DUI in California, you’ll need to purchase a special kind of insurance called SR-22 insurance before you can get your driver’s license back. SR-22 insurance covers extra liabilities associated with high-risk drivers and will greatly increase the cost of your insurance. You will have to maintain this special insurance for at least three years.
California Ignition Interlock Device Laws
Beginning in 2019, individuals convicted of a DUI in California that resulted in an injury will be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for one to two years. This means you will have to cover the installation costs of the device as well as regular maintenance, which typically run in the hundreds of dollars.
Legal Assistance for California DUI Charges
If you have been charged with a DUI in California, you could be facing a very expensive future. By securing a dedicated criminal defense attorney, you can protect your rights and get the best outcome possible. The Law Offices of Brian A. Newman can help you mount the best possible defense with personalized attention and experience to minimize your sentence and associated costs. Call (424) 275-4014 to set up a free initial consultation today.