The Cost of a DUI

The legal costs of driving under the influence is a hefty figure. But there’s more than just the legal fees that should probably be taken in to consideration. Baumgartner Law Firm, experts in all things legal, tells us whats up.

Legal fees for a DUI can rack up a figure upwards of $17,000. This includes court fees, legal fees, classes, insurance, and court appearances. But there’s more to think about than just the legal fees.

In order to surpass the legal limit of .08, it takes a few drinks. This can be two 1.5 ounce shots, a five ounce glass of wine, or a twelve ounce beer. There’s other factors that contribute to blood alcohol levels like food consumed beforehand or during, bodyweight and medication. Any amount of blood alcohol level under is 21 is illegal, and it’s .08 for those over 21. The infographic also lists .04 commercial, but it’s unclear exactly what that means.

Blood alcohol level affects driving in a few ways. First, you have poor muscle coordination which isn’t good for operating a car. Secondly, you have impaired judgement which can lead you to making crappy decisions about when to pull out or if you’ll make a light or not. Speed control is nonexistent due to your poor judgement and muscle coordination. Whoops, my foot is all the way down on the accelerator? Didn’t notice… Drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher also have reduced information processing, which means that it’s harder to take in information around you and process it for reactions.

There’s plenty more to read about. See the intangible costs in the infographic below.