The Cost and Penalties of DUI

If you're arrested for DUI or another alcohol- or drug-related driving offense, you want to know how much it will cost and what the outcome is likely to be. We recently surveyed readers who had been arrested for DUI to learn about the range of costs and outcomes, and whether hiring a lawyer helps. Read on to see what we found out.

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Aggravated DUI: How Much Does It Cost and What Are the Penalties?
Not all DUIs are created equal. Some involve aggravating factors: circumstances that support stiffer punishment. We recently surveyed readers in different areas of the United States to learn about the cost and outcomes of aggravated DUI cases. These readers had been arrested for DUI (or DWI, or another ... Read more

Does a DUI Lawyer Give You a Better Outcome? Is It Worth the Cost?
One of the first questions to arise for someone facing a DUI (or DWI or OWI) is what to do about legal representation. Should you hire a lawyer? Can you use the public defender? Are you better off going it alone? We recently surveyed readers to learn about how being represented by a lawyer—and the ... Read more

Refusing a DUI Chemical Test: What's Likely to Happen and How Much Will It Cost?
After you've been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), the police will generally give you a choice of chemical tests to determine blood alcohol content (BAC): typically breath or blood. If you refuse, you'll likely be arrested and charged with refusing a chemical test, as well ... Read more

First-Offense DUI: How Much Does It Cost and What Are the Penalties?
We recently surveyed readers in different parts of the country who had been arrested for first-offense DUI to learn about the range of costs and outcomes associated with this common criminal charge. Read on to see what we found—and what you might be looking at if you’ve been arrested for DUI, DWI ... Read more

Third- or Fourth-Offense DUI How Much Does It Cost and What Are the Penalties?
Driving under the influence becomes a very serious crime when the driver has two or more prior convictions: the likelihood of time behind bars goes up significantly. Outcomes for 3rd or 4th DUIWe recently surveyed readers who had been convicted for two or more DUIs (or DWIs, OUIs, or whatever drunk ... Read more

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This is not a site for lawyer referrals.  The best lawyer is the one who most thoroughly investigates the evidence in your case and prepares for your trial thoroughly. This answer neither consti ...Read more

You are facing some very serious problems. First, you have a DUI with property damage. Depending on the county that you were charged in you could be facing a potential jail sentence and fines of $1900 ...Read more

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What happens if I violate before it started?

Q: I was pulled over and received a simple possession charge a week before my introduction to the ARD program for a previous DUI charge. What’s the best course of action from here? (Peters Twp., ... Read more


Don’t drive a vehicle after drinking:This first suggestion while obvious is the only way to guarantee you won’t get a DUI. If you have been out drinking you should call a cab or someone to ... Read more

How to remove an order from previous sentencing?

Q: I got a DUI at college in Johnstown. I want to apply for early termination of my DUI probation. I filed the motion, my lawyer was late on court day just to tell me that the DA has papers stating th ... Read more

Arrested in Sonoma County for a DUI. Will California notify PA?

Q: I live in Pennsylvania and was attending a wedding California in October 2016. After the arrest, I hired a Sonoma lawyer. I am being told to accept informal probation and I am curious how this coul ... Read more

On probation, crashed into a pool. DUI. Am I going to Jail?

Q: My little sister just passed away and my mind was not in the right place and I was driving drunk and crashed into a neighborhood pool (closed). This is my first mess up on probation and I never bee ... Read more

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