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Even a first-time DUI arrest can be expensive

When a police officer pulls you over, it is a stressful experience. Most drivers bend the rules occasionally while behind the wheel, but if an officer suspects a serious violation, you could face the risk of an arrest and criminal charges.

In particular, if a police officer suspects you of driving under the influence of alcohol, you could quickly face a slippery slope of consequences. First, an arrest can be frightening and leave you feeling anxious, and you may end up having to defend against formal criminal charges for DUI. Next, if you face a conviction, you could endure a number of financial repercussions, even for a first-time DUI.

What expenses could you face?

Unfortunately, after an arrest for suspected drunk driving, expenses could immediately start adding up. If you have to pay bail in order to secure release from jail, you could pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars, though likely on the lower end of the spectrum for a first-time arrest. If authorities towed your vehicle after the arrest, which is almost certain, you could have to foot the bill, which could range in cost from around $100 to $1,000.

If the judge allowed your release on bail but with the condition you submit to random alcohol testing, you may have to pay the fees associated with those tests. This consequence could also apply if the court releases you on probation after a conviction. In the event of a conviction, the following costs could also apply:

  • Fines ranging from $150 to $1,800 or more
  • Court fees
  • Sentencing fees
  • Probation fees
  • Community service supervision fees
  • Possible driver responsibility fees
  • Costs associated with an ignition interlock device
  • Increased car insurance premiums

Unfortunately, this is not an exhaustive list of all fees and expenses you could face after a DUI arrest and potential conviction. As a result, you undoubtedly want to minimize those repercussions and others as much as possible.

Avoiding conviction could help

While some fees may result before even going to trial, such as for bail and other matters, avoiding a conviction could prevent you from having to face thousands of dollars in other consequences. Of course, in efforts to avoid a conviction, you would need to put forth a meaningful criminal defense presentation. As a result, you may want to enlist the help of a Wisconsin attorney experienced in handling DUI-related cases.

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