As a DUI defense attorney, I get asked a lot of questions about how much alcohol is too much to drive and how much a DUI will cost. First let me say that it's never a good idea to drink and drive. As an adult, it is important that you are aware of how alcohol affects you and your body and not compare yourself to others. I thought I would spend a little bit of time reviewing basic alcohol facts and information and give you a quick run-down of costs associated with getting arrested for DUI in Fresno.
Basic Facts: Alcohol is the most commonly used and socially acceptable drug in the U.S. Although its use is widespread, it can still be addictive. Dealing with issues or problems related to alcohol earlier, rather than later in life, may help avoid negative consequences. Those who abuse alcohol typically see lower life expectancies. All of a person's bodily systems are affected by alcohol.
According to the NIAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), in order stay at a low level of risk for any type of alcohol abuse, an individual should stay within these daily and weekly consumption limits:
- For men: No more than four drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week.
- For women: No more than three drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week.
Binge Drinking Facts: Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to .08% or above within two hours. Generally, this means five or more drinks during one occasion for men and four or more drinks during one occasion for women. There are many risks associated with binge drinking and can include: bodily harm, brain damage, and engaging in regrettable behavior.
As stated above, there are factors that may influence how your body is affected by alcohol. These factors can include: age; gender; physical condition; amount of food eaten before drinking; use of drugs or prescription medication; how fast the alcohol was consumed; and any history of alcohol problems in your family.
Now let's talk about the costs associated with DUI charges in Fresno. Of course, when an individual is convicted of DUI in Fresno, he or she will face more than just monetary fines. For a first offense, a driver faces jail time (up to six months), suspended license (immediate), having an ignition interlock device installed in the vehicle, and alcohol education classes.
Here is a breakdown of estimated costs associated with DUI in California:
- Tow/Impound fee: $300-$500
- DUI Treatment Program (1st Offense): $600-$700
- Court Costs & Fees: $1600
- Court Fines: $390
- Insurance Increase: $500-$1,500 per year
- possible loss of job and income
This is a pretty conservative breakdown of the costs involved and it does not include your attorney's fees. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Fresno or the surrounding areas, give my office a call. It is always a good idea to work with an experienced DUI defense lawyer in your area when you have been arrested for alcohol-related crimes.