Don’t Let a DUI Charge Cost You Money: 5 Costs Associated with a DUI Charge

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Driving under the influence can have serious consequences. Not only is it incredibly dangerous for you and your passengers, and your fellow drivers and their passengers, but there’s also the fact that getting caught can mar your record, land you in jail or on probation, and get your license suspended. Not to mention the financial headache that comes along with DUI charges. Most people are unaware of how expensive a DUI conviction can be. We’ve listed the biggest costs associated with DUI charges in Georgia below. 


  1. Fines

A DUI comes with a fine. For a first offense, this will be $300 at a minimum and around $1000 at most. However, subsequent charges can be classified as high and aggravated misdemeanors, which can incur a much higher fine — as high as $5000.

  1. Surcharges

Surcharges will be added to your fines and can nearly double the bottom line.

  1. Risk Reduction Program

In Georgia, DUI offenders are required to attend a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program. You will not be able to get your license reinstated without completing this course, which lasts 20 hours. It costs around $350 to take the course.

  1. License Reinstatement Fee

Typically, your license will be suspended for a year when you have your first DUI conviction. If you want to be able to drive before a full year has passed, you can request early reinstatement from the Department of Drivers Services (DDS). Early reinstatement comes with a hefty fee of $210.

  1. Opportunity Costs

You should also consider the less direct financial repercussions of a DUI. These vary greatly depending on the person. Will you lose your job as a result of this incident and no longer have a steady source of income? If you do, it can be hard to get another job, because employers do not look favorably on those with DUI convictions. Will your insurance premiums skyrocket? Will you lose valuable time completing your community service requirements? With all of these factors to consider, opportunity costs rival even the damagingly high out-of-pocket expenses above.

How do I protect myself?

If you do not want to face these financial burdens, the best advice we can give you is, “Don’t drink and drive!” However, if you’ve found yourself in a bad situation and have been arrested for driving under the influence, all hope is not lost. Contact Pak & McRae Law Firm today to find out how our experienced DUI attorneys can help.

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