In 2018, there were 21,784
DUI convictions in
Georgia. A DUI arrest and conviction has serious consequences. Among those
consequences, you can expect to pay a significant amount of money in defending
the case. This article serves to provide a general idea of what it costs to be
arrested and convicted of DUI.
- Bail/Bond: $150 – $2,500. Cost of bail in a
DUI arrest depends on a variety of factors including but not limited to
prior criminal history, case facts, and ties to the community.
- Towing: $50 – $200. The cost of towing
and impounding a car can increase daily.
Increase: $4,500 or
more. Depending on your insurance carrier and driving history, your rates
could double, triple or even quadruple over a period of three to five
- Fines: $300 – $5000. These base fines
vary depending on the nature of your offense and any prior DUI’s. These
base fines do not include statutory court costs which can increase the
base fine by 50% or more.
Evaluation: $95 – $300. The
law requires completion of an alcohol and drug evaluation and treatment if
recommended by the evaluator.
- Classes: $500 – $4,000. As part of a DUI
conviction you will be required to complete a Risk Reduction class (also
referred to as “DUI School”). This class costs $350. You are also required
to complete a Victim Impact Panel which costs roughly $100.
- License reinstatement fees: $210 – $410. License
reinstatement generally costs $210. However, depending on your history,
you could be required to install an ignition interlock device on your
vehicle in order to reinstate your license. You would have to pay for the
installation of the device plus daily maintenance costs.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving
under the influence, contact the law firm of W. Scott Smith at
404.581.0999 today for a free case evaluation. You’ll find a local Atlanta DUI
attorney ready to aggressively fight on your behalf. You can also find out more
detailed information about Atlanta laws here.