Texas DWI how much does it really costs?Recently on our DUI forum a user asked, I know there are serious legal consequences for Texas DWI charge, but I have heard that even a first time Texas DWI can cost as much as $17,000. Is this true? This seems really high.
Texas DWI OverviewGetting a Texas DWI is very serious. Not only is there a social stigma, there is also a very high financial cost. Lets take a detailed look at all the costs and expenses you can expect to pay. First, if you are arrested for a Texas DWI you will have to post bail. Bail can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Next, you will be required to pay Texas DWI fines that are charged by the court. Were you driving your car at the time of the Texas DWI arrest? Then you will have to pay to have your car freed from the impound which his another $200. If you are convicted for a Texas DWI you will also be charged DWI fines. First time Texas DWI fines can range from $2,000 to more than $10,000 if you were operating your vehicle while a minor was in the car with you. Other fines you can expect to pay include the following:
- Costs to hire a lawyer up to $10,000
- Costs to attend Texas DUI/DWI Classes- $475
- Costs to reinstate your drivers license after a DWI- $100
- Cost of increased insurance rates- up to $5,000
- Costs to install an ignition interlock device- $1,300