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What is the total cost of your DUI?

DUIs may not only make you reflect on your lifestyle and choices, but they can also make you reflect on your financial health. Do you know the total monetary impact of your recent run-in with Delaware law enforcement?

Prepare yourself and your finances for the total cost of a DUI. Get the facts and plan your financial strategy accordingly.


Besides car towing/impound and bail, you must also pay fees for your DUI. The total fee amount depends on whether you have prior DUIs on your record. For an initial DUI, fees often range from $150 to $1,800. You may also have to pay sentencing fees ($100 to $250), jail fees ($10 to $300), community service supervision fees (usually under $100, but could exceed that) and probation fees ($200 to $1,200).


Depending on the conditions of your bail or probation, you may have to take random urine or drug screenings. Screening costs vary, but are usually a lot more than $100.

Substance abuse educational classes or treatment

DUI charges often come with a substance abuse treatment or class requirement. This is another fee that varies, but it often ranges between $1,000 and $3,000. One essential pricing factor to consider is the specific program.

Ignition interlock device

You may have to fit your vehicle with an ignition interlock device, which checks your BAC before you can start your car. The cost for such a device runs the gamut from $500 to $1,500.

Licensing reinstatement fees

Before driving again, you must pay licensing reinstatement fees, which usually fall between $20 and $200.

It can cost a small fortune to get your life back on track after a DUI. Now, you have a better idea of your new financial obligations.