– from Eric M. in Brown Deer, WI

Question Details:

I just got out of jail after being charged with a DUI. I blew a .20 and failed the field sobriety test. I really do not have a chance to beat this, so I am trying to figure out how to best go about this problem. I know this is going to cost me lots of money, I am just curious about how much over the next year. I am a college student and funds are tight.

Criminal Defense Attorney Response:

It sounds like you are trying to take this incident seriously, which is a great place to start.

This charge will be expensive and likely hard to beat. The following are the likely charges you will face over the next 12 to 18 months.

  • Fines and Court Costs – $300 – $2500
  • Attorney Fees – $2500
  • Bail – $200 – $500
  • DUI Driver's Class – $200 – $500
  • Car Towing and Impounding – $250 – $500
  • License Reinstatement – $95 – $150
  • Car Ignition Interlock Device – $325+
  • Increased Premiums (next 12 months) – $5000+

The financial costs of a DUI are significant. At a minimum your cost for a DUI if you hire a DUI lawyer will be $8500 over 12 months.If you do not hire an DUI lawyer you will save $2500, but will likely see higher fines as well as increased penalties.

Hope this helps. Let us know if we can do anything for you in this case.

Lawyer Jeff Hughes from Sterling Law Offices, S.C.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.

Managing Partner

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