Colorado DUI Costs: What a DUI Will Cost You in CO (Pt. 1)

July 16, 2014

When people are charged with DUI, one of their first concerns often revolves around the possibility of having to serve jail time if they are ultimately convicted. What many people may not consider, however, is how much a DUI conviction will impact their finances, as there are a number of different DUI costs that people have to cover in the aftermath of a conviction.

Colorado DUI costs will include various court fees, as well as expenses associated with getting one’s driving privileges reinstated.

Colorado DUI costs will include various court fees, as well as expenses associated with getting one’s driving privileges reinstated.

In this two-part blog, we will take a look at some of the general DUI costs for people who are convicted of drunk driving for the first time in Colorado. Keep in mind that:

  • These Colorado DUI costs are conservative estimates.
  • These costs will significant increase when factors like car accidents, injuries or deaths have been involved in the DUI case.
  • The best way to minimize Colorado DUI costs is to entrust your defense to Denver DUI Lawyer Christopher Griffin.

Colorado DUI Costs: Court Fees

In terms of court costs for Colorado DUIs, people should expect to have to pay the following after a DUI conviction:

  • First-conviction fees, which average to be about $800
  • Detoxification fines, which are $455
  • Probation supervision costs, which can range from $600 up to $1,200
  • Additional court restitution costs, which average to be about $130
  • Jail and bail fees, which average to about $180
  • Chemical testing costs, which are about $90 but can be as much as $150.

This adds up to court costs that range from being about $2,255 to as much as $2,915.

Colorado DUI Costs: Car & License Expenses

Court fines and fees are just one aspect of Colorado DUI costs that people will have to cover if they are ultimately convicted of drunk driving. Another expensive aspect of DUI costs will be the fines and fees associated with getting one’s vehicle back and getting one’s driving privileges fully reinstated.

To this end, potential DUI costs for vehicles and licensing issues can include:

  • Towing fees, which are conservatively estimated to be about $150
  • Car storage fees, which can be between $50 to $100 per day (depending on where a vehicle is stored)
  • Ignition interlock device installation and maintenance costs, which average to be about $970 but can be as much as $1,460 per year
  • Retesting for driving privileges, which is about $21
  • Additional drivers’ license reinstatement fees, which are about $95.

Here, it’s important to point out that a person convicted of a DUI will also face significantly higher auto insurance rates for at least 5 years (and potentially even longer, depending on the specific circumstances of a person’s probation and case). On average, for people convicted of a first DUI in Colorado, the additional costs of having car insurance are about $3,000 over 5 years.

This means that the Colorado DUI costs associated with vehicle and driving issues will be at least $4,286. When added to the costs of DUI court fees, so far, the cost of DUI convictions (which is not the total cost) range from being about $6,541 to $7,201.

For our continued discussion of DUI costs in Colorado, don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog.

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