Getting a ticket for driving under the influence (DUI) costs you more than your dignity or a night in jail while you sober up. The fines and social penalties associated with a DUI may be severe. A person's first DUI can cost $2,000 or more, which is a hefty price tag for a single mistake.
Of course, the expense of a DUI is part of the way the law intends to deter people from driving drunk. If they know the risk of a fine as high as that is possible, some people will avoid drinking and driving out of concern for the cost. This isn't the only way a DUI costs you, though. Your car insurance is likely to spike in price.