Average Cost of a DUI in Illinois

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In Illinois, drivers are driving under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content of .08 or more, have a THC concentration of 5 nanograms or more per milliliter of whole blood, have used any other controlled substance, or are impaired by medication.

With legal fees, high-risk driver car insurance rates, and other related expenses, the average cost of a DUI  in Illinois is $16,500. 

Costs that are factored in this estimate include: 

Car Insurance

High-risk drivers convicted of a DUI will need an SR22 filing. The high-risk car insurance is more expensive than traditional insurance. On average, drivers will need to maintain an SR22 for three years.

Legal Fees and Court Costs

Criminal defense attorneys can charge several thousand dollars to represent a driver convicted of a DUI in court. The average court costs for a DUI  average out to $3,600. 

Driver’s License Reinstatement

The hearing alone to get a new license post a DUI conviction costs $50. Getting your license reinstated costs an average of $500, and a new license itself costs about $30 in Illinois.

Loss of Income

A DUI may also impact your finances. Convicted drivers may have to serve jail time or do community service hours.