Texas DWI Defense Attorney Wants You to Know the Cost of a DWI

While there is no one-size-fits all answer to how much a DWI it will cost an individual driver, it is important that drivers know about the various costs that are associated with DWI cases. It is also important that drivers understand that the costs begin to add up as soon as they are arrested. For example, if your car must be towed, the fee for that service is usually between forty five and one hundred dollars.

Your arrest will cost you money, too. Bail amounts vary greatly, and while the occasional lucky defendant is granted a personal recognizance bond, they are not very common. Most drivers can expect to pay between fifty and five hundred dollars in bail.

In Texas, the fate of your driving privileges is decided at a separate hearing from the rest of your DWI matter. This hearing, the ALR hearing, is important because it deals with your ability to drive. For that reason, it is a good idea to have an attorney represent you at the ALR hearing. The costs associated with the ALR hearing therefore include any court fees and costs, and attorney’s fees. If your license is suspended either as the result of an ALR hearing or because you did not request an ALR hearing, you will need to pay a reinstatement fee when you are able to reinstate your driver’s license. You are also likely to encounter substantial barriers to obtaining car insurance, with many insurers refusing to issue a policy and high premiums from any insurers that are willing to issue you a policy, in addition to the cost of an SR-22.

If you are charged with DWI, it is important that you retain an experienced DWI defense attorney. This means that you will be paying attorney’s fees, which vary depending upon which attorney you select. Unfortunately, this may not be the only expense that you could have to pay as you wait for your trial date to arrive. In some places, some defendants must have pretrial supervision, which operates like probation and which lasts until a verdict is reached at trial. That service costs approximately twenty dollars per month.

There are court costs, which often cost between one hundred and sixty dollars and three hundred dollars. Videotapes and subpoenas are added expenses on top of those amounts. If you are convicted, there are even more things that you will have to pay for. If you are being convicted of a first offense, your fine could be up to two thousand dollars. If you go on probation, you can expect to pay between twenty five and forty dollars each month in fees for that service, in addition to the costs of any classes, counseling, or other programs that are included in your probation agreement.

Unfortunately, these are just the direct costs of a DWI. There are many other ways in which being accused of DWI can cost you. Even if you end up not being convicted of DWI, being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol can affect your life, as you work on getting the charges dropped or reduced. Some of the indirect costs that are associated with being accused of DWI or convicted of DWI include the cost of taking time off of work to go to court and the cost of transportation to and from work.

If you have questions about your Texas DWI, call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit today, at 214-521-4567. He will take the time you need to analyze your case and advise you of your legal options.

 

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