LASD Palmdale Station: First-time DUI conviction can cost you over $12K

LASD Palmdale Station - Palmdale, California - December 27, 2013

The Holidays are among us and so are the festivities - Please remember to be responsible when celebrating with family, friends, and coworkers. Designate a driver!!!

Just know every single injury and death caused by a drunk driver is completely preventable. By simply planning ahead you can potentially save another’s life as well as your own by not drinking and driving.
  • Designate a driver 
  • Public transportation 
  • Prior arrangements to stay overnight 
  • Calling someone to pick you up
According to the AAA website, there are approximately 1,500 Californians killed and 30,000 injured each year as a result of drinking and driving. The choice to use alcohol is a legal right granted to adults 21 years of age and over. It’s what you choose to do with that right that makes a difference.

A first DUI conviction can easily cost you over $12,000
Drinking and driving is a costly gamble. Even on a first offense, you could be looking at over $12,000 in fines, fees, and other expenses.
Estimated costs for first misdemeanor DUI conviction:
  • Fine (minimum): $390 or more 
  • Penalties (typical): $780 
  • Vehicle tow/storage: $187 
  • 15-week alcohol education classes: $500 
  • Victim restitution fund: $100 
  • DMV licensing re-issue fee: $125 
  • Booking, fingerprinting, and photo fee: $156 
  • Auto insurance rate increase: $7,424 over a ten year period 
  • Attorney fees: $2,500
= $12,162

Additional potential costs:
  • Up to 48 hours in jail, maybe more 
  • Lost work time and wages—or losing your job entirely 
  • Medical costs 
  • Vehicle or property damage 
  • Transportation costs during a 4-month license suspension 
  • Cost of an ignition interlock device if required by the court 
  • Other court-imposed fines and fees 
  • Civil liability
Working together as a community we can educate ourselves on the dangers of drinking and driving. We can plan ahead and make responsible choices so we can ensure everyone a safe holiday! If you would like further information on the dangers of drinking and driving please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Palmdale Sheriff Station at 661-272-2400 or email Deputy Jodi Wolfe at

Deputy Jodi Wolfe

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