Costs of a DUI in Orlando & Central Florida
Lots of people ask us what the true cost or average cost of a DUI in Orlando, Florida.
The State of Florida punishes DUI harshly; as such, there are a number of penalties a court will enforce if you are convicted of DUI. In addition, repeat DUI offenses and aggravating factors (such as the presence of minors, or damage to property) may lead to a more severe sentence.
In addition to the criminal penalties for DUI, you may be subject to administrative driver license penalties by DMV as well as financial and personal collateral consequences, including loss of a job, immigration issues or professional licensure discipline. Here are some ranges of costs that you might expect to pay after being arrested for a DUI in Central Florida.
|Towing Costs||$100-300||Extra fees for every extra day.|
|Attorney’s Fees||$2,500 to over $6,000||Does not include court costs, fines, court reporter, subpoenas, depositions etc.|
|Bail Bond||$100-3000|| It’s usually $100-200 for first time DUIs|
|DUI Class- 1st Time Offender|
2nd Time Offender
|DMV BPO Hardship License:|
1st Suspension- by DHSMV
2nd Suspension- by judge, if
|DMV hardship license|
|Ignition Interlock Device on all vehicles owned or co- owned by the defendant||$170|
+ $67.50 (monthly)
|$170 installation fee- “Enhanced DUI”|
1st Time Offender- 6 months = $575
2nd Time Offender- 2 years = $1,790
|Vehicle immobilization or impoundment for 10 days; 10 days for each vehicle||$100-$150 or more||Simple DUI|
FR-44 Form required for 3 years
|Expect premiums to increase by 200-400%.||SR-22 Florida Automobile Auto Insurance Liability coverage minimums are: $100,000 per person,|
$300,000 total per accident, and
$50,000 property damage
|Substance Abuse Evaluation|
|Varies||Cost will depend on the result of evaluation and recommended treatment|
|Community Service Hours||50 hours|
|Court Costs, Costs of Prosecution and Costs of Investigation|
|First Time DUI Fines||$500-2000||Typically only minimum is imposed. Fines for repeat DUIs range from $1,000-$5,000.|
|Monthly Costs of Probation Supervision Fees||$50 monthly||Usually 6-12 months|
|Intake and Drug Tests||$20 & $17, respectively|
|Restitution||Varies||If you are found guilty and you caused a crash, you may be forced to pay restitution to any alleged victims unless covered by your insurance.|
OTHER HIDDEN COSTS OF A DUI IN FLORIDA
Transportation- If you do not have a license or a BPO hardship license, you will either need to utilize some form of public transportation, including a taxi, Lyft, Uber or rely on a family, friends or a loved one to drive you.
Job Loss/Job Opportunity/Graduate School- Having a misdemeanor or felony conviction on your record can result in job future job opportunities.
Collateral Consequences for Professionals, Veterans, Students and Non-US Citizens and many others- Professionals may face license suspension (and loss of a job), students may face disciplinary action, while non-US Citizens may be deported or face barriers to reentry into the United States.