Being charged for driving under the influence (DUI) can be costly since the legal process can take 6 to 12 months before getting resolved and now even longer in the era of COVID. The good news is that working with an experienced DUI lawyer can potentially lower the overall DUI costs and help reduce jail time.
The fees revolving around DUI depend on the severity of a case and whether it is a first or repeated offense. It’s noteworthy to mention that the costs of DUI in Colorado may increase with each repeated offense. Here’s a more detailed costs breakdown:
Car Towing and Storage Fees
After a person has been arrested for DUI, their car may be towed. There may be an additional towing fee for large or heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and busses. Meanwhile, there will also be a daily fee for the car storage until it is ready for release.
Bond and Bail Fees
People arrested for DUI in Colorado may have to pay a bond or pay a percentage of their bond to a bondsman. Failure to pay for them will mean that the person arrested for DUI will remain in jail until the completion of their case. Additionally, these costs are considered pre-trial fees, meaning they will have to pay regardless of whether they are convicted.
Assuming that it is the first offense and the incident did not cause property damage or bodily injuries to other parties, the baseline fine for a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd DUI may set you back four figures. For a 4th DUI charge, which in Colorado is classified as a felony offense, the fine could skyrocket up to half a million dollars.
Alcohol Education Classes
There are two levels of alcohol education programs. Arrested minors (below 21 yrs. old) are required to take level 1 classes. Meanwhile, level 2 classes are usually reserved for arrested adults. The cost of these alcohol classes varies depending on the fees set by the institution you choose to enroll in.
The cost of probation for DUI in Colorado can roughly go around four figures. However, the exact amount will depend on how long a person will be court order to be on probation.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
Another hefty penalty for DUI is the often-required installation of IID. Apart from the installation, people charged with DUI will also need to pay a rental fee for the device. The overall cost for both can approximately go more or less a few thousand dollars.
After their license suspension, people charged with DUI will need to reinstate and renew their license by paying a fee to the DMV. They will also have to present proof of liability insurance.
Once a person has been convicted of a DUI, they may experience an increase in their auto insurance rates. Their respective insurance provider will determine the exact cost, but they can expect a 60% to 70% spike rate.
Turn to Maher & Maher Law, PC
If you’re facing DUI charges, don’t hesitate to hire a DUI lawyer. At Maher & Maher Law, PC, we have experienced and passionate attorneys who can help with your case. If you want to learn more about our DUI lawyer cost, you may call us at (719) 301-7500. We offer a free consultation.