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How Much Will a DWI Cost Me?

A conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can come with serious long-term consequences. In addition to potential jail time and suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, the criminal fines that come with a DWI are devastating.

If you are facing a DWI charge, you’ll want to evaluate all your possible options so you can choose the best course of action. This requires gathering as much information as you can and knowing how much a DWI will cost you.

Habitual Offender Status

What does it mean to habitually offend? Typically, this means the accused has received past convictions, which may impact financial penalties, among others. 

For example, first-time DWI convictions can include a fine of up to $2,000 with a potential additional state fine of up to $6,000. Second-time convictions can include a fine of up to $4,000 with a potential additional state fine of up to $6,000.

If you’ve received two prior convictions, you may be facing a fine of up to $10,000 with a potential additional state fine of up to $6,000.

Even if it’s just your first offense, a DWI can already be financially devastating. 

Probation Can Impact Your Finances

Suppose the judge decides to let you off with probation because it’s a first offense, and your BAC wasn’t that high. In that case, you’re not free from the fines. 

Probation is sentenced on top of fines and also comes with its own monthly costs. Worse, if you fail to meet the agreement made for probation, you may be returned to prison. 

Alcohol Education Programs

Upon conviction, you may be ordered to participate in an alcohol education program. This is in addition to all other consequences, whether it’s prison time or probation.

Alcohol education programs range from 8-hour to 48-hour courses that vary in cost. However, repeat offenders can be ordered to attend the DWI intervention program, an extended version of an alcohol education program. 

The amount you have to pay for the Alcohol Education Program or the DWI Intervention Program is separate from any fines or fees you have to pay due to the conviction itself. That of course only adds to the strain you and your family may be facing. 

Get a DWI Lawyer Now

The financial consequences of a DWI are damaging, and they can haunt you for life. Because DWI charges can be so costly, it’s always best to consult with an experienced attorney so you can evaluate all your available options for defense.

At The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy, we understand what a DWI can do to your life in the short term and the long term. Our Fort Worth criminal defense lawyers can help you build your case and give you the best representation, a charge doesn’t always have to end in conviction.

Call now at 817-605-1010 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.

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The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy

Attorney Kennedy has over twenty years’ experience practicing criminal law in Fort Worth, TX, and he has successfully handled thousands of cases, including fulfilling the role of a winning Fort Worth DWI lawyer. From misdemeanors to felonies, he can help you fully understand the charges against you and build the defense that clears your name.Need a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer? You've found the law firm that can help you win your case.... View full business profile here: The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy

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