A DUI will really cost you:
You are likely to pay $6,300 for your first DUI:
|Fines and court costs||$4,920|
Second DUI will cost around $7,000
Third DUI will cost around $10,000
And that’s not all:
You also have to deal with:
|Increased insurance rates|
|Lost wages for court appearances|
|Cost of repairing car|
|Difficulty meeting daily financial obligations|
When arrested for DUI, you can lose your license:
Life without a license
Routine tasks such as getting to work, picking up the kids at school or stopping at the grocery store all become major hassles. You have to rely on others to help you live your day-to-day life. Your need to constantly bum rides will soon alienate your friends and family. And when you’re late to work again, your boss won’t want to hear about your ride being late.
|1st Offense:||12–24 mo.|
|2nd Offense:||24–30 mo.|
|3rd Offense:||24–36 mo.|
You can’t hide from a criminal record:
Life with a criminal record
Even if it’s your first, you’ll have a permanent Class II Misdemeanor on your record.
A DUI conviction is a criminal offense that follows you everywhere.
Your criminal record may even threaten your current job if integrity is important to your work—as in the medical, transportation and financial fields.
Your criminal status can hurt you when you’re:
|Applying for college|
|Looking for a new apartment|
|Completing a job application|
Alcohol and drug counseling will cost you $900:
Delaware law requires you to complete DUI education classes. You must attend eight weeks of classes, meeting once a week for two to three hours. You have to submit to drug testing as well.
Typical classes will cover information on alcohol assessment to help determine your level of alcohol use, methods for managing your alcohol abuse, techniques to limit or abstain from drinking, and the dangers and penalties of continued DUI violations.
In addition to mandatory DUI education classes, you may be required to attend one of these programs:
Outpatient Treatment: Helps chemically dependent clients take control of their addictions. Includes individual and group counseling sessions over a course of several months (25 hours).
Outpatient 21 and Under: Provides treatment services to young offenders through group, individual and family counseling sessions.
Alternative Program (Mental Health): Helps DUI offenders who are experiencing mental and emotional adjustment problems in addition to their substance abuse dependencies.
You might be required to install an ignition interlock device.
This will cost you around $480. An ignition interlock is a mechanism that is installed in your vehicle’s dashboard and hardwired to the ignition system. You breathe into the device, like a breathalyzer, and if any alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not start. Random breath samples, or “rolling tests,” are required periodically while the vehicle is in motion. These test are designed to keep you from having a sober friend blow into the device, and to prevent you from drinking alcohol once your car has been started.
|Imagine going on a date with this device in your car.|
|Or taking your kids to school.|
|Or driving your co-workers or boss to lunch.|