DWI Conviction: Financial Costs
|Cost to Tow Your Car||$132.89|
|Car Storage Fee Per Day||$16.25|
|Community Service Hours (at Min. wage)||$309.00|
|License Reinstatement Fee||$125.00|
|Add These Probable Additional Costs|
|Alcohol Education Classes||$135.00|
|Auto Insurance Increase||varies|
|Minimum DWI Surcharge||$3,000.00|
I’ve found that most people have a serious misconception about the cost of their DWI.
They believe that pleading guilty is going to save them money over the cost of hiring an attorney and fighting the charge.
Better think again.
This is a table showing the costs of a DWI conviction here in Texas.
As you can see: **The average cost for just pleading guilty is at least $5,206.14, not including your attorney fees, or how much your insurance company will surcharge you.** That could be an additional $1,000.00 or more a year for three years.
In addition, you need to seriously keep possible jail time in mind. For a first offense, you probably won’t get any jail time. **And if you ever get arrested and convicted for a 2nd DWI offense, you’re looking at mandatory jail time of 3 to 30 days.**
Not too pleasant a picture, is it?
On the other hand, if you fight and are successful in keeping a DWI conviction off your record, you can avoid these charges, plus the raise in your insurance rates.
So let me ask you quite simply… **Can you afford not to fight the charge?**
You see, even without attorney costs, you’re still looking at up to a minimum of $5,206.14 in non-attorney costs. And you’ll always have the DWI conviction on your record. And this could seriously hurt you now and in the future, as I’ve already touched upon at this link.