How much does a DUI cost in Colorado?
A DUI conviction is expensive in Colorado. In 2008, The Colorado department of Transportation estimated the average out-of-pocket expenses associated with a first time DUI where no one was injured and no property damage was sustained. These costs have only increased since 2008.
DUI fees associated with the initial arrest and booking
These fees include: Detoxification: $450; Chemical Testing Fee: $150; Towing Fee: $175, Bond Fee: $50; Impound Lot Storage Fees $50/day; Jail Booking Fee: $30; Bondsman Fee: $200
Pocket expenses incurred as the result of a conviction
Being convicted with a DUI means having to undergo an alcohol treatment evaluation which can cost $200 and is the first of many fees to follow. Here are some of the other fees and their costs: Conviction fine ($600-$1,000), alcohol education classes ($150-$1,000), probation supervision fee (up to $1,200),
You may also have to pay for victim assistance fund: $78, victim impact panel: $25, victim compensation fund: $33; ignition interlock rental ($550- $2500), law enforcement assistance fund: $90, license retesting fee: $26, license reinstatement: $95, community service supervision fee: $60, PDD surcharge fee ($50-$500) and finally, brain injury fee fund: $15.
The average auto insurance increase, estimated for a driver age 21-24 over a 5-year period, is around $3,000.
Beyond the “out-of-pocket expenses”
Loss of time can lead to an even greater financial impact. This is referring to people who get DUI cases and miss work due to court hearings, community service (48-96 hours), probation appointments, attending mandatory alcohol education classes (up to 1 year) and sometimes a jail sentence of up to a year.
For many people, the loss of a driver’s license means loss of their job and for others it is a permanent mark on their records.
A DUI is a criminal charge
A DUI is a criminal offense, otherwise known as an unclassified traffic misdemeanor, which will stay on your record permanently. It carries a variety of “collateral consequences” for various occupational and professional licenses and can create issues when traveling abroad.
Costs increase when the case involves an accident or other aggravating factors such as a prior criminal record of drunken driving convictions. The court, separate from insurance or other civil claims, can order restitution for any sort of out-of-pocket expenses of the victim to an accident.
The cost for multiple offenses increases due to added monitoring, probation supervision fees, court fines, and the related expenses. Appeals of county court verdicts or DMV hearing decisions are also time consuming, and therefore expensive.
In order to reinstate your driving privilege in Colorado after an alcohol-related revocation, you have to pay the cost of an ignition interlock device, SR-22 insurance, alcohol education and therapy, and the reinstatement fee. These can all add up and be extremely costly.
Fighting a DUI charge with a DUI attorney with experience and a good reputation in court, can easily cost over $5,000. In addition, investigators and expert witnesses can be costly, even with an acquittal at trial.
Not only can an experienced defense lawyer get you off the hook in court or with your driver’s license, but also he or she can get you through the legal proceedings with the least amount of consequence and roadblocks as possible. Even so, trials are a 50/50 outcome meaning that paying all these expenses with an attorney at hand will not guarantee a positive outcome.
It is understandable that given all of the costs involved with a pending DUI charge, the process can seem overwhelming. Actions that you take on the front end can make a big overall difference to the overall disposition of the case and the overall expense in the end. Therefore, come and visit our offices in the following locations: Denver, Colorado Springs, Jefferson County, Arapahoe County or Douglas County. Call for a free consultation: Tel: 303-931-5516.
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