The $10,000 Drive

Being charged and/or convicted of drunk driving can be a very shocking and stressful incident.  One of the shocking facts people quickly learn is that drinking and driving is very expensive.  The average DUI costs upwards of $10,000 to the offender.

The average DUI costs upwards of $10,000 to the offender.$10,000? Yes, you read that right. Pull out your checkbook!

Here’s a simple breakdown of the items you may need to cover:


When you are arrested for drinking and driving, you’ll be physically taken to jail. You may need to pay bail to be released after you are arraigned in front of a magistrate or judge. Bail costs on average $150 – $2,500.


When you are arrested, your motor vehicle is usually towed to a central impound lot. You’ll need to pay an initial storage fee of $100 – $1,200 and then a daily storage fee for each 24 hours the vehicle remains at the impound lot.


Several factors determine the exact fines you’ll need to pay, including your state’s minimum fine, your (breath alcohol content) BAC when you were arrested, whether or not this is your first DUI and/or whether or not anyone was injured. Fines range from $250 to $10,000.

Auto Insurance

Most states require DUI offenders to pay for a special auto insurance policy called SR22. Fees for the insurance are generally double to quadruple what you would normally pay. These fees need to be paid for generally two to five years. The additional cost for the SR22 insurance can end up costing $2,000 – $6,000.


You probably already know that great attorneys are not cheap. Plan to pay $2,000 to $20,000 for great legal representation.

Alcohol Education and Treatment Classes

Many states will require a person convicted of a DUI to attend some education and/or treatment classes about driving and the dangers of alcohol. You will be required to pay for the classes, which range from $200 to $2,000.

Ignition Interlock Device

In States that do not regulate the price of an ignition interlock device, LifeSafer offers straight-forward, highly competitive pricing.  Don’t be fooled by other companies that lure you in with misleading ‘free’ up-front offers, who then hit you with hidden fees month after month.  We have never and will never do that.

Because pricing is State regulated in some markets and pricing is frequently changing to address market requirements, we invite you to call and get a fast and free price quote for your needs.  Depending on your situation, location and the equipment you need we will extend the lowest price possible including any current offers that fit your situation; including free installation where available and discounted monitoring fees.

Also, if you are unable to pay for a device, our expert agents will be able to tell you whether your State may be able to offset some of the costs through a special state fund set aside for those who need it.

License Reinstatement Fees

Once you have completed all of the requirements of the judge and the DMV, you will need to pay some fees to have your license completely reinstated. These fees cost $100 to $500.

Add it all up and that’s one expensive drive home! Be smart and plan ahead with a designated driver. For more information on the fees in your state, please contact us toll free at 800-634-3077.