How Much a First Colorado DUI Can Cost You (Pt. 1)

A first-time Colorado DUI costs, on average, about $10,000. Here’s a breakdown of where these costs come from. Contact us for the strongest DUI defense.

A first-time Colorado DUI costs, on average, about $10,000. Here’s a breakdown of where these costs come from. Contact us for the strongest DUI defense.

When facing DUI charges for the first time, people are often focused on whether or not they will have to go to jail. While incarceration is certainly a valid worry with any criminal case, what fewer people may realize is that the financial impacts of their DUI may end up being far more concerning – particularly because these impacts can end up lasting for years to come in some cases.

Revealing these financial impacts, in this two-part blog series, we will point out the costs associated with first-time DUIs in Colorado. While these costs may be jaw-dropping, we also want to stress upfront that, if you are facing any type Colorado DUI charges, the best way for you to minimize these costs, as well as your chances of conviction, are to contact the experienced Colorado Springs DUI lawyers at Kohn Law Firm

The Costs of a Colorado DUI: Court Fines & Fees

The following table points out the typical court fines that are associated with first-time Colorado DUI convictions:

Court Fine/FeeCost*
First-time DUI Conviction Fine


$600 to $1,000
Jail and Bail Fees (if arrested)


Chemical Testing Fees (if such testing was not refused during the DUI stop)$50 to $150
Probation Supervision Fee


$600 to $1,200
Victims’ Fund Fees


$150 to $300
Law Enforcement Assistance Fund Fee$100
PDD Surcharge


$50 to $500
Additional Court Fees


$25 to $500
TOTAL$1,725 to $3,900

*Note: These Colorado DUI costs reflect the fines as of February 2015, and they are subject to change.

Here, we want to point out that:

  • The “PDD Surcharge” noted above refers to a Colorado DUI cost that may be imposed by the courts for “persistent drunk drivers.” For people who are facing DUI charges for the first time, this includes those who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.17 or greater.
  • Paying off ALL of the court-ordered Colorado DUI costs will typically be a term of people’s probation. In other words, in order to fully resolve a DUI case after a conviction, people will HAVE to pay all of the court-related costs associated with their case (or face the possibility of new legal problems, such as probation violation charges, etc.).

We’re not done pointing out the costs of a first-time Colorado DUI – stay posted for the upcoming second part of this blog series for our continued discussion regarding these costs, as well as what you can do to try to reduce or avoid them if you are facing DUI charges.

Colorado Springs DUI Lawyers at Kohn Law Firm

Have you or a loved one been charged with drunk driving? If so, the Colorado Springs DUI attorneys at Kohn Law Firm are ready to aggressively defend your rights and help you bring your case to a successful resolution. At Kohn Law Firm, we believe that our clients deserve exceptional service, ethical treatment and aggressive representation.

To learn more about how we can help you, set up a free initial consultation with us by calling us at (719) 328-9555 or by emailing us using the contact form at the top of this page. From our offices in Colorado Springs, we represent clients throughout the Pikes Peak region and Colorado.