A lot of people ask about the costs for a DWI in North Carolina. While there is no way to put a price on the damage to your reputation, the stress and the massive amount of time lost to court appearances you can look to a few other factors.
The main cost of a DWI in North Carolina is usually the increase in your insurance premiums. The 12 SDIP points (insurance points) will result in a 340% increase in your insurance premium.
Aside from SDIP points you're probably looking at the following costs for a first time DWI. Note that all cases are unique. Our law firm would be happy to go over your specific situation during a free consultation.
$100 for a limited driving privilege that will cover days 10-30 of the 30 day civil revocations. Much cheaper than cabs, bumbing rides or risking a DWLR ticket.
$100 for the DWI restoration fee to get your driver's license back after the 30 day civil revocation period. Now you've got your license back until your plead guilty or are found guilty. If your case is dismissed or you're found not guilty then you don't have any further costs outside of the gratitude to the great attorney who just saved you a lot of money.
$12 DMV Driving Record needed for your LDP
Substance Abuse Assesment: ~$100
PLEAD Guilty or Found GUILTY
$190 Court Costs
$250 Community Service Fee (a must unless you want to serve jail time)
$100 DWI Fee
$100 for a Limited Driving Privilege that covers the one year suspension.
~$160 ADETS: Alcohol/Drug Education Traffic School
- Total Hard Costs mentioned above: ~$1,212
- Private attorney costs: A range of between $1,500 to $5,000 in Wake County
- Huge jump in your insurance premiums: Thousands over three years!
- Stress & Damage to your Reputation: ?
- Lost work time for multiple court appearances: ?
- Cabs and getting friends to drive you around when your LDP doesn't allow you to drive: ?
My best guess is that at the end of the day a DWI will cost the average person around $5,000 to $10,000 in Wake County when you factor in all of the costs after three years. It makes taking a taxi look cheap!