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Examining the true cost of a Pennsylvania DUI

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Criminal Law | 0 comments

A DUI charge can have far-reaching consequences beyond the immediate legal trouble. Understanding the true cost of a DUI highlights the importance of responsible driving.

In Pennsylvania, the financial burden of a DUI can be substantial, affecting various aspects of a person’s life.

Financial penalties and court costs

The first and most obvious cost of a DUI is the fines. These fines can range broadly depending on the severity of the offense and the offender’s blood alcohol content (BAC). Court costs can add thousands more to the overall expense.

Alcohol education and treatment programs

Most DUI convictions require the offender to attend alcohol education or treatment programs. Per WTAJ, programs in the state cost about $1,000, depending on the program’s length and requirements. These programs educate offenders and reduce the likelihood of reoffending. However, they come with significant costs.

License suspension and reinstatement fees

A DUI conviction typically results in a driver’s license suspension, which can last from several months to over a year. Reinstating a suspended license costs about $75. However, if an ignition interlock device is necessary, this adds another layer of cost. Most drivers with DUIs on their records pay about $2,172 to meet their ignition interlock device requirements.

After considering all related expenses, including increased insurance expenses, the average Pennsylvania DUI costs motorists about $13,500. By recognizing the true cost of a DUI, people can better appreciate the need to prioritize safety on the road. They can also make smarter choices when it comes to transportation.



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