Hidden Costs of a DWI
When you are charged with drunk driving, the Minnesota sentencing guidelines for the crime require that you pay a fine. For a first offense, you could face fines as high as $1,000 if your BAC is under .16 percent, and as high as $3,000 for a higher BAC, refusing the test, or for a drunk driving conviction with a child in the car.
In addition to these fines, there are other costs associated with a drunk driving conviction. Some of these costs may come as a surprise or may be unexpected, and some of these costs could hit your pocketbook for a long time after your arrest.
The hefty expenses associated with a drunk driving conviction are one of many reasons why it is important to consult with an experienced Minnesota DWI lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest.
Hidden Costs of a Drunk Driving Conviction
In addition to the fines that you may face if convicted of drunk driving, some of the other costs that you may end up paying include:
- Higher insurance costs. Your insurance carrier may raise your premiums significantly or drop your coverage as a result of a drunk driving conviction, forcing you to seek a more expensive policy or pay for high-risk insurance coverage.
- The costs of reinstating your license. You will have your license suspended through administrative proceedings if you are found driving while intoxicated, unless you take action to stop this from occurring. When you get your license back after your suspension, you generally will need to pay fees and expenses.
- The cost of an ignition interlock device. First-time DWI offenders whose BAC exceeds .15 percent and repeat DWI offenders will need to pay for the cost of the installation and for monitoring of the ignition interlock device for as long as two years. For those with three ore more offenses, an ignition interlock device may be required for as long as 10 years.
- Probation costs and expenses. There may be numerous probation requirements that must be fulfilled as part of your DWI sentencing.
- The costs of drug or alcohol counseling, which is often required as part of a DWI sentence or while on probation.
- Legal fees to combat the charges.
Altogether, you can expect that the money spent to resolve your DWI and to deal with the financial consequences, including fines, bail, insurance and other expenses, will likely exceed $10,000.
In addition to these monetary setbacks, a criminal conviction for drunk driving can also cause you to lose future job opportunities, can limit your employability, and can limit your travel out of the country. The toll that a drunk driving conviction can take on your family can also be an important non-monetary loss that you experience.
A Minnesota DWI Lawyer Can Help
To have the best chance of minimizing your financial losses and minimizing or avoiding the other consequences of a drunk driving charge, you should contact an experienced Minnesota DWI lawyer as soon as possible. Drunk driving lawyer Kevin DeVore can assist you in protecting your rights and in pursuing all of your options, including pleading not guilty, entering a diversion program, or arranging a plea-bargain to reduce the charges you face. To schedule your free consultation and learn how we can help you, give us a call at (612) 836-9501 or contact us online today.