Fines for drunk driving in Germany

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Fines for drunk driving in Germany

For drunk driving in Germany obviously fines are imposed rather than prison punishments. The amount to be paid depends on a variety of factors, such as the blood alcohol, was anyone endangered, did an accident happen, are there any previous convictions etc.

The fine itself is calculated in a system of daily rates. The number of daily rates depends on the seriousness of the trespassing, the amount depends on the income of the accused.

We often find numbers of daily rates varying between 30 (which would be very mild) and 120. But higher or lower numbers are possible. 

For calculating the amount the net income of the person is taken and divided by thirty. But not only tax has to be reduced from the income, but also other aspects will be taken into account.

For these other factors, there are no strict rules by law, it depends to a great deal on the practice at that certain court or judge. From a general experience you might say that if a person is married, 20 % of the income are subtracted, for each child it could be ten %. 

Other factors might also be taken into account like regular obligations for compounding debts etc.

What is really important is that those factors are communicated to the prosecution at an early stage. This is particularly true, if the case is not brought to court for an oral hearing, but might be finished with an „order of punishment“ – which is a written procedure.

If you have an issue in Germany with a criminal procedure of any kind, you should contact a competent lawyer – with whom you can really communicate in English.

If you need us, you can find all availabilities here

Dr. Donat Ebert

Ügyvéd - Rechtsanwalt (HU, D)

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