Interviewer: What's the average total cost in this day and age of a DUI?
Kevin Roach: That's a very good question. It is very hard to compute the total cost as there are a number of things you need to factor in. The first would be the attorney's fees. Attorney's fees range from case to case. They are lower for a first offense case than for second offense or felony DWI. Typically, increased insurance rates is the most substantial cost. A DWI puts your driver’s license in danger of being suspended or revoked. When you lose your license there is a record of it on your driving record which causes your insurance rates to go up. Normally you pay higher insurance rates for 3-5 years following a license suspension or revocation.
The Court Costs and Fines for a DWI Charge in St. Louis can vary
Of course, when you get a DWI, there are court costs and fines that the court may impose. Again, the court costs and fines really range from case to case. Some people may only have one companion ticket with their DWI. For instance, a person may get pulled over for weaving, and this could be the only additional ticket. Some people, however, might have a dozen tickets with their DWI – driving while suspended, speeding, et cetera – so the court costs really range in different cases.
When you get a DWI in Missouri, you normally have to attend SATOP. The cost for SATOP can range anywhere from $400 up to $1,500, depending on which class you get.
Loss of Employment Due to DWI Charges May Also Result in Substantial Financial Losses
Job loss due to a DWI can result in substantial costs. Of course, that is one of the main reasons to hire an attorney: to minimize the damage to your criminal record that can directly affect your ability to gain employment. If you are interviewing for a job, you don't want a DWI conviction on your record. That is one of the things that people overlook. A good DWI attorney can prevent you from getting a conviction on your record, which can affect you for the rest of your life. It can affect the kind of money you can make for the rest of your life
A St. Louis DWI Charge Normally Costs At Least $10,000 But the Costs Associated with a Felony DWI are Substantially More
DWI arrests can be very costly, and can be much more if it is a felony case. While the exact cost really depends on the case, I would say it ranges anywhere from ten thousand all the way up.
Kevin J. roach is a St. Louis DWI defense attorney who has defended thousands of DWI and DUI cases in the St. Louis Metro area. Call us today at (636) 519-0085 or (866) 519-0085 for your Free Consultation!