You were stopped for a DWI, and you’re now facing charges. Your concern is that you’ll end up having to pay hundreds, or thousands, of dollars in fines and fees.
You may be right. For driving while intoxicated in New York, you can be fined a mandatory $500 fee up to a mandatory $1,000 fee, depending on the situation, for a first-time offense. For a second-offense DWI, you can expect fines up to $5,000.
Those fines aren’t the only thing to worry about. You could be looking at additional fees for court costs, surcharges and even an ignition interlock device. If your vehicle has been towed or booted, you may also need to pay to get it released.
Can an attorney help minimize the fines in a DWI case?
Potentially, yes. Your attorney will take a look at the case and begin taking steps to minimize the damage immediately. If there is minimal evidence, for example, they may try to get the case dropped. If a conviction is likely, they can still try to negotiate on your behalf to hopefully get fines and restrictions minimized.
Not all DWI cases are the same. The number of times you’ve been accused in the past will have a significant impact on your case as well. Similarly, if you had children inside your vehicle or committed other traffic violations, your penalties could be increased.
Our website has more information on protecting yourself after you are arrested for a DWI. A good defense can make a world of difference in your case and help you protect your interests.