The Real Cost of a First Time DWI

Let’s face it unless you are part of the 1%, you probably don’t have as much money as you would like. Some of us are even struggling to make ends meet and don’t have enough money for what we need and are living paycheck to paycheck. With this in mind, very few of us can afford a DWI. If you are stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence and was arrested for a DWI and convicted, the minimum you can expect to pay in the state of Missouri is $3,000. Yes, that’s not a typo, $3,000 is the minimum amount of money a first time DWI offender can expect to pay. If you are convicted of a second or third DWI in your lifetime, this amount will easily double and, in some cases, even triple.

How Much a First Time DWI Really Costs

Let’s break down the financial nightmare that is a DWI:

  • $500 Fine
  • $500 or more in alcohol assessment costs and alcohol rehabilitation or treatment costs
  • $250 or more in probation fees
  • $50 per day for each day spent in jail
  • $1000 or more in attorney fees
  • $150 for license reinstatement fees
  • $1000 for increased insurance rates 

These costs are the minimum fees that you will be required to pay if you are found guilty of a DWI. Additionally, court dates could take you away from your job, and depending on your profession; it could even mean that you become unemployed. Alternatively, if the DWI caused an accident and there was property damage, or even worse the DWI accident resulted in injuries or death to other people, you can expect to be paying on these damages for the rest of your life. 

Get Legal Help Now

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If you find yourself finding DWI charges, you need an experienced Springfield DWI attorney that specializes in DWI cases. The attorneys at DWI understand you and your circumstances, and we know the ins and outs of these types of cases. Our criminal defense attorneys at Springfield DWI are here to help. Contact us anytime to discuss your current legal situation. 

We have spent almost a decade handling DWI and DUI legal cases in Springfield along with license reinstatement, SR-22 insurance, SATOP, hardship licenses, and the removal of alcohol offenses over ten years old. 

We don’t want to see anyone face financial hardships in addition to all the other problems that come from a DWI conviction in Springfield. Our first consultation is free. We will be able to provide you with legal advice in order for you to come out on top of your case. You will also have the chance to see if we are a good fit for your DWI case and if working with us is in your best interest. Call us today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 


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