What is the full financial impact of a DUI?

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2020 | Drunk Driving

Your last encounter with Pennsylvania law enforcement resulted in a DUI. While you recovered from the initial shock of your arrest, you now need to prepare for the financial fallout of your charge.

With help from American Addiction Centers, you can develop a preliminary budget for financial life after a DUI. Costs for the charge vary from state to state, but it may help to have foundational information.


You may have to pay a jailing fee, which could range from $10 to $300. Some states impose a probation fee, which may fall between $200 and $1,200, and you may pay a sentencing fee of roughly $100 to $250.

Your DUI could come with individual fees. Depending on how many DUIs you have on your record, this fee can run from $150 to $1,800.

Community service

If you have to serve community service as part of your sentence, you may pay less than $100. That said, circumstances could require that you pay much more than that.

Drug screenings

Some DUI sentences come with mandatory urine or drug screenings. The price for this bail or probation condition varies, but expect to pay more than $100.

Treatment class

Expect to complete a required educational or treatment class after receiving a DUI. Fees for classes often fall as low as $1,000 and as high as $3,000. The final cost often depends on the specific program.

Ignition interlock device

You could have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which requires a breath test before your car starts. You pay for the device, which costs between $500 and $1,500.