Much is said about the dangers of drunk driving in Arizona, especially how the chances of being in a car accident increases when driving drunk. We have also reported on the increase in DUI enforcement during the holidays, as more officers (through various DUI task forces) will take to the streets between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on weekend evenings.
However, we have not discussed the costs inherent with a DUI arrest. According to a Sierra Vista Herald report, the costs stemming from fines, fees, and increased insurance costs could top $17,000 over a three year span. This may include alcohol screening and counseling classes, installation and maintenance of interlock devices, and SR-22 insurance, which is required by drivers who have DUI convictions.
Indeed, those charged with drunk driving may opt to hire an attorney to defend the charges (and thus save money over the long term) but the Herald also noted that good legal counsel could cost a pretty penny.
Legal representation is largely a sound investment. Attorneys know how to find inaccuracies and mistakes in performing field sobriety tests, breathalyzer tests, and may also be able to challenge the arrest on constitutional grounds. They also offer professional advice on the merits of your case when everyone else may presume your guilt.
However, it is also prudent (and cheaper) to invest in a designated driver, a limousine service or a taxi if you intend to drink while on the town. This way, you eliminate the chances of being arrested and charged with drunk driving.
Source: Sierra Vista Herald.com, Police: costs of a DUI not worth it, December 6, 2012