Denton County DWI Fines
Pleading guilty to drunk driving is a DWI conviction. Many people feel they are “getting off easy” if they accept a plea bargain following DWI charges. They accept the plea without recognizing the lifetime stigma that they are accepting.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Texas, it is important to not only understand DWI/DUI laws and criminal penalties but also recognize the full impact of a DWI conviction.
What Is The True Cost Of A Criminal Conviction?
A criminal arrest is a page of your life that you may not want to be written. However, a conviction does exactly that – a conviction is permanently ingrained into your criminal record. It is a lifetime scarlet letter. A conviction can interfere with your reputation and follow you through your life, impacting education, professional licenses, employment, residence and even relationships.
The team at The Law Office of Kimberly Griffin Tucker, P.C., in Plano, Texas, holds steady on the principle that every client and every case deserves a fair trial. Attorney Kimberly Griffin Tucker‘s philosophy in DWI cases is as follows:
A DWI can have many hidden costs. Hiring the right DWI defense attorney only adds to those costs. However, the cost of hiring an attorney who will simply advise you to accept a plea offer – a conviction – is much greater than any dollar amount spent in the course of your DWI case and defense strategy.
What Does A Clean Criminal Record Mean To You?
Many clients who come to The Law Office of Kimberly Griffin Tucker, P.C. have questions about Texas DWI/DUI laws, what the case will cost them and what the impact will be on their futures. Mrs. Tucker works hard to limit the impact of DWI arrests on her clients’ futures. She educates them about the laws, explains the options based on the case and relentlessly fights to protect their interests and keep their criminal records clean.
Texas DWI Criminal And Civil Penalties
A conviction for drunk driving in Texas can result in criminal DWI penalties consisting of time in county jail (state penitentiary for third DWI offenses), DWI fines, license suspension and other consequences. Probation is a possible alternative to incarceration but be warned: Probation (now called “community supervision”) can be time-consuming and expensive.
Drunk driving can also result in various civil penalties under Texas DWI/DUI laws. For example, refusal to take a breath test violates Texas implied consent laws and will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
In 2003, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) started assessing a “surcharge” on the license of each person who, during the preceding 36-month period, had been convicted of a drunk driving offense. Civil DWI surcharges are assessed over a three-year period and include:
- $1,000 per year: Upon a DWI 1st conviction (total of $3,000)
- $1,500 per year: If you are convicted of DWI and have a previous DWI conviction at any prior time (total of $4,500)
- $2,000 per year: If it is shown that the breath or blood specimen showed an alcohol concentration of 0.16 or more (total of $6,000)
Other Costs Related To Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is not simply a traffic ticket with a fine. In addition to any fines, you may face a myriad of other expenses:
|Court costs||$400 to $500|
|Probation||$50 in Denton and Collin County;
$60 in Dallas County
|Civil surcharges||Varies; see above|
Victim Impact Panel
DWI Safety Education Program
|$30 (Note: This class is no longer free.)
$50 to $90
|Drug and alcohol evaluation||$50 to $100|
|Counseling (if court-ordered)||Varies for each person|
|Interlock device (required for DWI second offense and high BAC DWI):
Installation of device
Required monthly calibration
$50 to $70
Other hidden costs that can vary for each individual include the cost of increased car insurance premiums and the expenses related to time off work to complete 40 hours of community service.
Mrs. Tucker believes in being forthright with clients. Not only is she dedicated to your fierce defense, but you can also be assured that she will be straightforward with you about every aspect of your case.
There are many expenses related to DWI charges in Texas. Mrs. Tucker works to minimize the expenses in any manner possible. However, her main focus is on avoiding the ultimate cost of a criminal conviction.
Contact The Law Office of Kimberly Griffin Tucker, P.C. to discuss your case with an experienced DWI defense lawyer.
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