How Much Does a DUI/DWI Cost in Legal Fees?

New York’s judicial system is very tough on DUI and DWI offenses because of the potential dangers involved, especially injurious or fatal car accidents. Besides jail time, probation, and license suspension, other consequences of a DUI include fines and other financial penalties. Hiring a good DUI lawyer also comes at a cost.  


What is the average cost of a DUI in New York? The answer ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on various factors. Here is an accurate estimation of how much your DUI charge may cost you.  


Attorney Fees  

How much is a good DUI lawyer? This is the first question that comes to most people’s minds when charged with a DUI.  


DUI attorneys in New York charge varying rates depending on the types and quality of legal services they offer. Hiring a lawyer can cost you between $2,000 and $10,000 – the best attorneys usually charge higher rates, but the additional cost is usually worth it. Hiring a good DUI attorney is always advisable because they can save you money on fines and help you avoid jail time and other harsh penalties.  


Legal Fines & Penalties  

Fines, penalties, and court fees for DUI convictions can also add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The exact amount depends on how many times you have been convicted of DUI in the past.  


The court will fine you between $500 and $1,000 if this is your first DUI conviction. A second DUI conviction within ten years of the first one will cost you between $1,000 and $5,000, while a third one will cost you from $2,000 to $10,000.  


A good lawyer can plead your DUI conviction down to a DWAI (driving while ability impaired) by alcohol charge. The court will fine you between $300 and $500 if this is your first DWAI conviction. A second DWAI conviction within five years after the first one will cost you between $500 and$750. Finally, your third conviction within ten years of the first one will cost you from $750 to $1,500. However, your blood alcohol level must be between 0.05 and 0.07 for the court to consider a DWAI plea.  


Besides penalties, the court will also charge you surcharge fees. Surcharges may range from $260 to $520, depending on whether it is your first, second, or third DUI or DWAI conviction.  


Other Related Costs  

Other costs of a DUI conviction in New York include the following:  


  • Court-Mandated DUI Classes  

The court may mandate that you attend DUI classes to become a better and more responsible driver. DUI classes in New York will cost you about $300.  


  • Driver’s Responsibility Assessment  

The DMV will also assess your driving credentials three consecutive times over a three-year period after your DUI conviction. This will cost you a Driver Responsibility Assessment fee of $250 per year, bringing the total cost to $750.  


  • Restoring Your Driving Privileges  

The court may also suspend or revoke your driver’s license for several months or years after your DUI conviction. You can get your driving privileges restored for between $25 and $225.  


  • Insurance Premiums  

Your insurance company may also increase your monthly premiums after a DUI conviction – they reason that you pose a higher risk of causing an accident and claiming payouts. The premium hike can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the type of coverage and your insurer’s policies.  


The Law Offices of Norman Mattar Can Help!  

A good DUI lawyer can help you avoid jail time and other harsh penalties such as the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. They can also save you money on court fees and fines by pleading your DUI down to a DWAI conviction.  


The DUI attorneys at Norman Mattar are highly trained and experienced. We can help you lower the fines and other penalties related to your DUI conviction. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can help.