There are two types of DUI fines: criminal fines and restitution. Criminal DUI fines are generally imposed in a criminal case, and restitution ordered in a civil case. However, both types of DUI fines can be imposed in a civil or criminal case. Criminal DUI fines are intended to punish the DUI offender for their crimes. Restitution DUI fines are intended to compensate the party who was injured as a result of another party's DUI offense.
Restitution-based DUI fines may be ordered in a civil DUI accident case when someone sustained personal injury or property damage. These DUI fines are intended to compensate the victim of personal injury or other losses as a result of a DUI accident. The plaintiff in a civil DUI case is the victim, who may be seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of income or earning potential, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
Punitive or criminal DUI fines are generally ordered in a criminal case. These DUI fines are intended to punish the DUI offender and deter him from committing the same or similar offense in the future. Each state has a unique set of laws that govern the DUI fines imposed on defendants convicted of a DUI. While DUI fines depend on state laws and specific case facts, the fines for a first offense can range from approximately $500 to $1,000. If an offender has a prior DUI conviction, then s/he may face DUI fines of up to $15,000 or more.
DUI fines may also relate to the costs incurred by the criminal defendant as a result of other penalties. In some criminal cases, a judge will order compulsory DUI education classes and/or alcohol and drug treatment programs. The costs of these programs must be paid by the defendant, which adds to the amount of their DUI fines.
The state's motor vehicle department may also impose DUI fines. Generally speaking, this department has the authority to suspend or revoke a DUI offender's license permanently or for a certain period of time. The offender may also be responsible for paying DUI fines to cover the cost of an administrative motor vehicle department hearing and related expenses. DUI fines may also include changes in the insurance premiums you will be required to pay for automobile insurance.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you need the best DUI legal help possible. If you would like to learn more about DUI fines, please contact us to speak with a qualified attorney who has experience defending the rights and interests of those charged with a DUI offense.
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