Your recent brush with North Carolina law enforcement resulted in a DUI, one you plan to fight against. In the meantime, do you understand how much a single DUI costs? 

Esurance breaks down the true cost of a DUI. Get an idea of how you must structure your finances in the months and possibly years to come. 

DUI treatment – $600 

After police tow and impound your vehicle and let you know how much you can expect to pay in penalties and fees, prepare for the price of your DUI treatment program. How long your program lasts depends on how much alcohol you had in your system at the time of your rest, but time often ranges between 30 and 60 hours. 

Court costs – $800 

No matter if you fight your DUI, you must still spend time in court. The total costs of court fees depend on the circumstances of your arrest and how long the legal matter lasts. 

Driver’s license reissue fee – $125 

After you complete your DUI license suspension period, you can get your license back. Unfortunately, you have to pay a fee before the DMV hands your license over. 

DUI insurance premiums – $2,700 

When the time comes to renew your auto insurance premiums, your policy carrier can see your recent DUI on your record. Prepare to become an at-risk driver, which means you can expect higher insurance premiums. Paying increased coverage premiums can stretch on for several years, so look for ways to lower your premiums as much as possible. 

You must consider immediate and long-term costs for a DUI. The right information can help you decide how to fight against your charge.