Not Having a Good DUI Lawyer Could Cost You More Than $15,000 in South Florida

Not Having a Good DUI Lawyer Could Cost You More Than $15,000 in South Florida

Not Having a Good DUI Lawyer Could Cost You More Than $15,000 in Fort Lauderdale or South Florida

When you’re facing DUI charges, there are probably many scary questions running through your mind….

  • Am I going to jail?
  • Will I have a criminal record?
  • Will I lose my job?
  • How will this affect my family?
  • How do I find a good lawyer?

While you may be worried about how much a good DUI lawyer could cost you, you are probably unaware of just how much a DUI can cost you if you don’t find a good attorney.

The national average for the cost of a first DUI conviction is $12,771. The average cost of a DUI in Florida is just under $3,500 in fines alone, according to the Bradenton Times.

That’s a lot of money. But of course, Florida is well above average when it comes to DUI costs.

When it comes to the average cost of a first DUI conviction in Florida, you’re looking at about $15,255.

So where does this number come from? Let’s break it down:

  • Increased car insurance rates—sometimes up to $1,500 more per year. Some reports note even up to $3,000 and $6,000 increases to car insurance in Florida. 
  • FR44 Insurance. Florida and Virginia are the only 2 states in the country that require this type of insurance after a DUI conviction. This special insurance is expensive. It can cost you up to $300 per month—and that’s separate from an increase in your regular car insurance. You’ll have to have it for 3 years. $300 per month, for 36 months, is $10,800.00
  • You’ll have $1,000 in court fees and fines
  • $225 in hardship driver’s license fees (if you can get one)
  • Towing fees of about $250
  • Roughly $175 to boot your car
  • $450 in probation costs
  • $280 for DUI school
  • $75 for Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • About $500 in treatment costs
  • And let’s not forget your license will be gone for 6-12 months. You’ll be spending money renting a car, taking a taxi, Uber, or public transportation. And we all know how bad Florida’s public transportation system is. So you’re looking at another $500 or more here.
  • Notice what’s not listed here? Attorney fees. Attorney fees could be anywhere from $2,000 to maybe even $15,000 in Florida. Rather than looking for the cheapest price, you want to find the attorney who can get you the BEST result – as the worse the results of your case, the more money you will owe in all areas mentioned above.

Florida DUI conviction Fines and Fees for a Florida DUI are explained in this infographic made by Fort Lauderdale DUI attorneys

But even more importantly, here’s one of the most critical costs that you can’t put a number on—a DUI CONVICTION STAYS ON YOUR RECORD.

 It cannot be expunged. Every potential employer can see it on your record. It will never go away.

Investing in a skilled lawyer who focuses on DUI cases is the best decision you can make for yourself. The last thing you want or need is a DUI conviction on your record. A good South Florida DUI lawyer knows what to do. A good DUI attorney will give you the best defense possible to help you avoid a conviction. And if you look at the numbers, a good DUI lawyer can cost you less than half of what you’ll probably end up paying for a conviction.

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