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Uber/Lyft Instead of a DUI

Getting a DUI can be incredibly expensive, without even considering the possible property damage and long-lasting injury to self and others.  It is estimated that a standard 1st DUI (with no accident) will cost $10,000, before increased insurance costs.  (For a more detailed list of the costs and consequences of a DUI, click here.)

But there is an immediate alternative to this expense in ride-hailing apps.  If you have alcohol or drugs in your system, request an Uber or Lyft ride.  From downtown Sacramento to Roseville or Elk Grove on a weekend night, the ride costs $23-31. To West Sac, the ride is a mere $12.  Any one with an Uber/Lyft account can request a ride for themselves or others (18 or older).  You can get your friend home safely, instead of hoping he actually was unimpaired as he drives away from your night out.  It will save lives, it will save reputations and $25 versus $10K is a deal anywhere.

While we teach our kids, our friends, and ourselves how to drink safely and how to always have a travel plan in place before we drink, let’s also have a safe, easy, inexpensive “Plan B” – to get home and to avoid a DUI.

Also realize that these rides can help those we love get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations.  If someone is on a date or at a party where someone else is their ride, they can order an Uber/Lyft and leave if they feel in danger of sexual violence or feel uncomfortable with the legal choices being made.  Ride-hailing is a safe, quick way out.

In this season of graduations, celebrations, retirements and summer festivities, help set up ride-hailing accounts for those you love.  You can attach them to pre-paid cards (that allow funds to be added) or you can give Uber Gift Cards.  We should use these services and encourage others to do the same, rather than to ever risk driving impaired.

If you, or anyone you care for is arrested for a DUI, contact my office anytime day or night – immediately.  Mistakes happen, but that mistake can only be complicated by not reaching out for immediate aggressive representation.

Cost of a First DUI

 

One of the first questions out of every client’s mouth is, “What is this DUI arrest going to cost me.”  A DUI conviction can be very expensive, depending on the facts of your case.  Below is a break down of the typical costs of a first DUI.

Costs of a standard 1st DUI with no accident is estimated at $10,000 before increased insurance costs.  This is how that estimate breaks down and can be variable for each case:

Court fines and penalties  – approx. $2500 (includes restitution fund)

3 – 6 month DUI class (depending on BAC) –  $700 – $2000

SCRAM device (if ordered) – $40/day (typically for 6 months in high BAC cases)

Work project or home detention $80 – $120 to sign up

(alternate to in-custody time)  $40 – $80/day (depends on the case: min 2 days; max 6 months)

Ignition Interlock Device (IID) – $100/month (minimum 5months is standard)

Attorney fees  – $2000 – $5000

DMV license reissue fee  –  $135

Towing/impound fees  – $1000 – $2000

(depending on if they choose to keep the vehicle for 30 days)

Increased automobile insurance costs  –  Variable; often rates increase by 33-60% or more per year for the 10 years that the points stay on your record

Bail – $500-$5000  (required in some local counties)

Other consequences:

  • No jail time typical on 1st DUI
  • 6-month driver’s license suspension (As of 2019, you are entitled to a restricted license as soon as the DMV takes action.)
  • A DUI shows as a misdemeanor conviction on your record. (The conviction can be expunged after a few years, but the points remain on your DMV record for 10 years.)
  • If you are under 21 years of age, any measurable amount of alcohol in your system results in a one-year license suspension, with no restricted license available*

*Driver’s under 21 establishing a “critical need” for a restricted license can go through a separate application process that is subject to full DMV discretion.

If you have been arrested for a DUI, or for any crime, do not hesitate to reach to contact us at any time.