Fees you may incur because of a DUI Charge

If you have been charged with a DUI offense.  These are the potential costs relating to this offense.

1.  Attorney fees:  Obviously, you will likely need a good attorney to handle your case.  A good attorney can find mistakes in the State’s case against you.  Attorneys will generally require a retainer fee that will cover the initial expense of the case.  Sometimes, the case will require more money than the initial retainer fee due to exigent circumstances of your case.  Your attorney will explain the fee arrangement to you.

2.  Court cost/Fines:  You may be required to pay fines for a traffic violation in addition to your DUI offense.  Court cost are usually added to your plea agreement.  The “companion” traffic ticket to your DUI charge must usually be paid depending on your plea agreement with the prosecutor.

3.  Police fees:  Sometimes, your plea agreement may require you to pay the police a fee for their time in processing and dealing with your case.

4.  Reinstatement fee:  The Department of Revenue will make you pay a reinstatement fee to get your license back.  Instructions can be found here.

5.  SR-22 Insurance:  SR-22 is a high risk insurance that will run higher than conventional rates.  You may contact your insurance company for specific rates.

6.   SATOP:  You may be required to attend a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program.  The screening of the programming cost $375.  For more information Click here”

7.  Other costs:  If you were involved in an accident, you will be required to pay for the damages you may have caused.  These restitution fees are required to compensate for bodily injury and property damage.


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