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How Much Does A DUI Cost?

It’s impossible to give an exact figure on how much a DUI charge is going to cost you, but you clicked on this link because you wanted an answer. After it’s all done, if you are convicted of DUI it’s likely going to cost you upwards of $10,000.

Below, I have broken down the costs into sub-categories so you can have a better understanding of the total. This is only intended to give you a rough estimate on the costs.


If you are convicted of DUI, the law gives the court a fixed range of fines which can be imposed. For a first time offense, the fines start at $500 and max out at $2,000. For subsequent offenses the fines increase, eventually exceeding $4,000. If you are convicted of a first offense the typical fine ranges from $500-$1,000. If your case is dismissed, there won’t be any fine. If your charge is reduced, the fine amount varies from $0 - $1,000.


Fees aren’t necessarily connected to a conviction and start early in the process with getting your car out of impound. Additional fees that you might be facing are: DUI school, license reinstatement, probation, counseling, cost of investigation, court costs, the cost of prosecution, and possibly an interlock device.

If convicted of DUI, you are facing fees between $1,500 - $2,000.

If your charge is reduced, you are facing fees between $300 - $2,000.

If your case is dismissed, you are facing fees between $300-$500.

Legal Costs:

Quality DUI Lawyers ain’t cheap! If you find a lawyer that is cheap, there is probably a reason. DUI is a niche market in the criminal field. Most DUI attorneys charge a case on a fixed fee schedule. That’s probably a good thing for you considering how many hours are dedicated to the typical DUI case.

A DUI Attorney for a first time DUI is going to cost between $2,500 - $5,000.

For additional offenses the price range increases.

What Do I Charge:

Without knowing the details of your case, it’s impossible for me to give you a firm quote. In most circumstances our first time DUI cases are quoted between $2,500 and $3,500. Included in that price is the cost of representing you at the DHSMV hearing, all associated traffic tickets, any related charges that arose from the same set of facts, and, typically, any unrelated traffic tickets that you may have received within the past 30 days.

Indirect Costs:

There are other costs that you would be better at quantifying. Does a DUI affect your work? Does a DUI Conviction cause a potential problem with gaining future employment?  How much does not being able to drive for 30 -90 days cost?

What Happens When You Schedule A Consultation:

Our meeting will last about an hour. You and I will sit down and I will walk you through step by step what the future of what your case looks like. Each step is going to have possible outcomes; we’ll walk through each one of those outcomes so you have a complete understanding. My job is to present all possible options to you so you can make an informed decision and we will build a strategy together.

No High Pressure Sales:

I don’t believe in high pressure sales. If you hire me, it will be because you know I am the right guy to handle your case. I am confident that during our meeting we will both know if it is a good fit. If so, great . . . let’s get started! If not, at least you will be better informed and we wish you the best of luck in bringing your case to a successful resolution.

Do You Accept Credit Cards?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards.

Do You Offer Payment Plans?

We offer monthly payment plans in some circumstances. We will require an initial payment to start your case and each month’s increment will be no less than $500.00. Just beware: If you try to stiff us, we’re going to come after you with the full force of the law.

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When you call Jeff Lotter for a Free No-Obligation Case Evaluation you will speak with Jeff Lotter directly (cell 407-906-5040). You will discuss the specifics of your case, discuss costs regarding legal representation, and formulate a plan to resolve your case.