The costs of a DUI conviction can be exorbitant.
While there may be monetary fines and mandatory minimum jail sentences, the real costs of a drunken driving conviction may be the other costs associated with the charge.
For example, you may face a $500 fine for a first-time DUI conviction. However, the overall costs of defending your DUI charge will likely cost you almost $17,000. You can buy a new car with that. Here's a look at the breakdown of the costs, as provided by the Illinois Secretary of State: