People convicted of a first-offense DUI may be able to obtain a restricted license. This allows them to drive to and from school, work or their court-ordered alcohol DUI education program.
Also, the judge can order restitution to any person you harmed in a DUI. Additionally, getting a driver’s license after a DUI involves many fees, including a $100 reinstatement fee, $50 for a SR-22 insurance form, plus the usual licensing and vehicle registration fees. When you factor in towing, bail, lawyer fees, elevated insurance, court costs, license reinstatement fees, and more, the average cost of a first time DUI conviction can be around $4,900.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device requires the driver to submit a breath test in order to start the vehicle. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not start. The offender is responsible for the cost of installing the device and having it serviced and inspected regularly.
The small device is installed into the starting circuit of one’s vehicle. The driver has to blow into the device, and if the device registers a BAC under .02, the vehicle will start. If a BAC of .02 or above is detected, the vehicle will not start.
The device can cost upwards of $1,000 over the course of the year, at one’s own expense.
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