The financial costs of a DWI conviction can differ for everyone. For a first offense, the penalty is a mandatory fine and penalty assessment of $600, although the judge has discretion to fine you up to $1200. For a second offense that increases to a mandatory fine and penalty assessment of $900 and the judge has discretion to impose a fine of up to $2000.
The financial costs of a DWI conviction go far beyond the court fines. A loss of your driver’s license can cost you your job. Your can see your insurance costs increase by $500-3000. There is a cost associated with the alcohol awareness and counseling programs that are a mandatory part of any sentence that ranges from $460-1200. You would need to pay a fee to the DMV $100 to have your license reinstated and possibly pay $800 to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car.
As you can see, the costs you could suffer as the result of a DWI conviction are substantial. That is another reason that you need to see an experienced lawyer to review all of your options with you.
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