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DWIs are expensive. The best advice we can give is: don’t get one. But if you do, here are some of the costs you can expect:


Attorney: For a first-time DWI charge you can expect to pay an attorney anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 to represent you and negotiate a disposition with the district attorney’s office. That amount generally does not include representing the client at a trial. Trials are almost always an additional cost.

Evaluation: You will need to have an alcohol evaluation for your attorney to provide to the district attorney’s office. The evaluation can cost between $200 and $500 and if the evaluator determines that the driver would benefit from alcohol treatment, the treatment programs can run from $500 to $4,000.

Fines: For a first-time DWI, there will be a mandatory fine of between $300 and $500, as well as a $265 mandatory surcharge.

DDP: The enrollment fee for the mandatory Drinking Driver Program is $300.

Driver Assessment Fee:
In addition, you will be subject to New York’s Driver Assessment Fee (NYDAF). The NYDAF is $250 annually for three years for a total of $750.

Insurance Costs:
Lastly, if your insurance company does not drop your coverage altogether, you can expect your insurance rates to increase dramatically.
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