What Determines How High the Fine Will Be in a DUI Case?

You’ve been arrested for driving under the influence; now what? As a first-time offender, you will likely face a combination of the following: jail time, probation, community service, license suspension, expensive insurance, and fines. While most consequences will be straightforward, fines are usually up in the air. Depending on your case, they may be has high as $5,000. What dictates how high your fines after a DUI arrest will be?

These factors are considered when determining fines in a DUI case:

  • Age
  • Prior driving infractions
  • BAC level (in Georgia, fines increase when you are at or over .15)
  • Minors in your vehicle
  • Accident
  • Injuries

If you’re under 21 and you get a first DUI offense, the fine is a flat rate of $210. For those 21 and over, the fine will range from $300 to $1000. Consequent DUI arrests increase the amount of fines, for all ages; a third or fourth DUI offense carries a fine of $1,000 to $5,000.


In addition to fines, pretty much everything else associated with DUI punishments will cost a pretty penny, including the alcohol program, community service, monthly SR-22 insurance payments, ignition interlock device installation and maintenance, and other relevant classes.


If the fines cause an economic hardship, the judge may allow payments or suspend up to half of the fine upon the condition that you undergo treatment in a substance abuse treatment program. The judge may also offer you community service in exchange of fines; the higher the fines, the more hours of service you’ll need to fulfill.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, please contact the Atlanta low cost lawyers at Justice Café. Depending on your situation, our attorneys can concentrate on seeking a dismissal based on a violation of your rights or a reduction because of law enforcement errors or mistakes.

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