In California, one of the most expensive misdemeanor charges a person can face is a DUI charge. If convicted, the driver will not only face potential jail time and probation, they will also have to pay the fines and fees associated with the conviction. A first time DUI conviction can cost up to $15,649. The minimum fine that the convicted person will face is almost $400 by itself. Court penalties depend on jurisdiction, but they will cost approximately $1,245. The driver will also have to pay the towing and impound fees for the vehicle, which will cost approximately $350. Bond can cost up to $2,500. If the judge sentences the person to DUI school, a 3-month course can cost up to $575. There are other fees and costs, including the insurance premium increases.
The LA Sentinel reports that a pro basketball player has pleaded no contest to DUI charges.
27-year-old Allen Lester Crabbe III entered a plea of no contest in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 5th. He was sentenced to three years of summary probation and was also ordered to complete DUI first offender and Mothers Against Drunk Driving programs.
The charges stem from an incident when Crabbe was arrested last summer. On June 26th, 2019, Crabbe was driving in West Hollywood. A sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop after noticing signs of intoxication. Crabbe was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Crabbe was also issued a Watson advisement, which informed him that if he drives drunk in the future and someone is killed, he could face a murder charge.