Whenever you plan to go out and drink, you should always secure a safe ride home. The cheapest method will be to recruit a friend as designated driver, though it can be pretty difficult to do so. After all, finding someone willing to go out to a bar and stay sober while everyone else drinks and enjoys themselves can be a rare occurrence indeed.
That being the case, a safe way home usually ends up being a choice between two options: getting a taxi or trying to rent a motel room. While both options are valid, they can also both be expensive. As a matter of fact, the expense is the most common argument against both of these options. The thing is, the expense of a $50 cab fare or $85 dollar motel room pales in comparison to that of a DUI.
When someone is arrested on DUI charges, their vehicle will often have to be towed to the police impound lot, incurring an initial expense of a few hundred dollars. Second, every day that the car remains in the lot will cost $30-$50. Next, if you plan to have someone bail you out of jail, the mandatory bail for a first-time DUI is going to be $2,500. Keep in mind, these expenses are all before you go to court. Next comes the fine for a DUI which begins at $390 (but the penalty assessment cost brings it closer to about $1,400), the cost of your attorney, reinstatement of your license (if applicable), DUI school, etc.
It should be noted that the above costs are if someone is arrested on a DUI charge only. If an accident occurs while an individual is driving under the influence, he or she will be held on $50,000 to $100,000 bail, depending on whether or not somebody was injured. It’s also possible to incur additional charges depending on the circumstances. For instance, if a child is in the car with someone suspected of DUI, child endangerment charges can be filed.
All told, the cost of a DUI in Los Angeles County can be incredibly expensive; much more so than shelling out a few extra bucks for a cab ride or a motel room.