What is the financial impact of a DWI?

You probably already know that a DWI is expensive. The financial impact of a DWI  can vary based on a number of factors.  For example, you may not be required to install an IID.  Alternatively, you may get a reduction to Obstructing a Roadway that would eliminate surcharges.   For a Class A or felony DWI, the surcharges and fees amp up.  There can also be miscellaneous factors like restitution. However, the following list will give you an idea of the costs. 

EXAMPLE COSTS

Attorney fees: $2500

PR Bond fee: $40

CES/MADD Panel: $115

Fine: $400

Court Costs:  $350

IID (6 months): $490

Probation fees (1 year): $780

Occupational License: $600

Surcharges: $2,000

Total: $7,275

$7,275 is an estimate and the actual figure can be much more or less.  Also, keep in mind that while attorney fees are the highest figure on that list, a good attorney will save you money in other ways.  In my cases, I almost always negotiate a lower fine, and/or waive court costs.  In many cases, there are ways to get the surcharges knocked down to zero.   At the end of the day, a DWI is expensive – there are no two ways about it.  However, a good attorney will actually lessen, not increase the cost, and limit your exposure to other penalties as well.

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