An analysis of the many costs associated with a DWI in New York

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Those charged with driving while intoxicated, or DWI, in New York face a wide array of charges. In addition to the initial traffic ticket, other costs can include:

  • Bail. If you are arrested, you will likely need to put up bail to get released. This can range from $150 - $2,500, according to a study conducted by MSN Money.
  • Insurance spikes. A separate study conducted by Insurance.com found an individual policy for automobile insurance can jump an average of 19 percent for a first DWI offense. Generally, this price jump will last for three to five years after the incident. Although prices can return to normal rates after this period, it can take an additional five years to qualify for good driver perks.
  • Ignition interlock device installation and maintenance. New York, along with nine other states in the U.S., requires installation of an ignition interlock device, or IID. This can be required even with a first DWI offense. The driver is responsible for covering the cost of installation and upkeep, which can cost about $100 to install and $70 - $110 in monthly fees.
  • Impact on current employment. You may have to miss work to attend hearings or could have difficulties making it in to work if your license is suspended.
  • Impact on future employment. If you do not already have a job, it may be difficult to get one after a DWI. Employers often conduct criminal background checks, and a DWI will show up on your record. A criminal record could make or break your chances of receiving a job offer.

These are just a few of the more common costs associated with a DWI in New York. Additional fees can include an increase in life insurance premiums and towing your vehicle from the scene. According to the MSN Money study, these fines and fees can all add up to a total of over $10,000.

Take DWI charges seriously, before you get a criminal record

Because of the many impacts associated with a DWI conviction, it is important to take the initial charges seriously. There are various defenses available that can lead to a reduction, or even dismissal, of charges. For instance, officers are required to follow certain procedures before and during a stop. If these procedures are not followed, any evidence confiscated may not be allowed in court.

This is just one of many potential defenses that may apply to your case. If you are charged with a DWI, contact an experienced New York DWI attorney to help build a strong defense.