At the end of a long week, you like to go out with your friends to the local bar. After a few beers, you decide to turn in and head home. But now you have had some alcohol and you should reconsider driving yourself home. You might think you can make it since it is not too far, but the consequences of getting a DWI charge are severe.
If you are charged with a DWI, you could face many consequences, some of which are financial.
How much does a DWI cost?
You might not be aware of the significant financial costs of a DWI. Even a first-offense can be costly. There are many elements you will have to pay for including attorney fees, court-ordered fines and substance abuse education. Your car insurance will also likely increase in fees due to a DWI charge.
If you are charged with an aggravated DWI, which occurs if you have a child in your vehicle or a BAC of .18 or more, the state of New York requires the installation of an ignition interlock device in all motor vehicles you operate. This is another charge.
On average, in New York, a first time DUI can cost up to $9,000, all things considered.
Besides the high financial cost, there are other significant impacts of a DWI. Your license could be revoked and it could affect your friends, family and job in some ways. A DWI comes at a price.