Almost 32 percent of car fatalities in the United States in 2009 involved alcohol and led to nearly 10,839 deaths, based on a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That same year, it was also found that an average of one death caused by drunk driving happened every 48 minutes.
But while many Chicago residents recognize that impaired driving is dangerous, few may be aware of the actual financial costs of a DUI conviction. MSN Money reports that the expenses for a typical DUI- where no one was injured- could total at least an average of $10,000 after paying for bail, related fines and fees, and insurance.
Those kinds of DUI costs can definitely hit a person's wallet hard, but how do these expenses break down in Chicago? Here's how, according to MSN Money:
- Bail: If you're a first-time DUI offender, costs range between $150 and $2,500 to get released after an arrest. Using a bond company can also raise costs.
- Towing: $100 to $1,200. The city charges close to $1,200 for the first 24 hours your car has been held and $50 for every additional day it's in storage.
- Insurance: $4,500 or more. Insurance rates and premiums can double, triple, or even quadruple in costs after a DUI conviction and remain that way for the next three to five years.
- Legal fees: To fight a DUI charge, DUI lawyers may charge anywhere from $2,500 to $25,000, depending on how complex the case is.
- Fines: A typical DUI fines used to be $300 for a first-offense, but it could now cost between $900 and $1,200.
- Alcohol evaluation: If you've been convicted of drunk driving, basic alcohol treatment and education can cost vary, costing between $150 and $2,000.
- Alcohol-monitoring leg bracelet (or SCRAM bracelets): $100 for installation, and about $10 each day, or $300 per month.
- License reinstatement fees: $95 to $250.
- Ignition interlock devices: $325 or more.
All in all, a DUI conviction can cost offenders closer to $12,100, according to Illinois' secretary of state. But the figure could even reach over $16,000 if you also take into account potential loss of income.
To learn more about the consequences and costs of a DUI in Illinois, visit the Related Resources links below.
- Get In Touch With A Chicago DUI Lawyer (FindLaw)
- Cost of a DUI Conviction Goes Far Beyond the Obvious (Total DUI)
- Illinois Ups the Ante for First-Time DUI Offenders (FindLaw's KnowledgeBase)
- Illinois DUI Law (FindLaw)