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The Hidden Financial Impact of a DWI in Texas

 Posted on July 07, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Allen Criminal LawyerGetting a DWI may seem like a relatively minor issue - it is a misdemeanor in Texas after all, at least in most cases. However, it can have a major impact on your life and your finances. You probably know a little about the judicial consequences of a DWI. You could go to jail, and you may need to pay a fine. In Texas, that fine can be up to $2,000. However, the fine is far from the only financial impact you may face as a result. These additional non-judicial penalties are collectively known as “collateral consequences.” Many people who have a criminal conviction find that the societal collateral consequences are worse than the judicial penalties. If you have been arrested for a DWI in Texas, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Ideally, you should speak with a lawyer before your first court appearance so that your own attorney can be the one defending you from the outset. 

Financial Harm Associated With a DWI Conviction 

Some of the financial harms stemming from a DWI begin even before you have been convicted. Your license may be suspended automatically and nearly immediately. Hidden costs and financial losses that can come from a DWI include: 

  • Transportation - Having your driver’s license suspended can be incredibly inconvenient, but it can also be very expensive. When you cannot drive yourself, it is likely that you will need to pay for transportation. At best, you will likely need to pay bus fares, but that is only if your area has good public transportation. You may need to pay for taxis or a rideshare service to get around town, which can become very expensive very quickly. 

  • Treatment costs - It is well-known that many of those arrested for DWI have a substance abuse problem. Most attorneys recommend that their DWI clients seek treatment, because it shows the court that you are actively working to ensure that this does not happen again. However, you may also be ordered to complete treatment. Even with good health insurance, the cost of addiction services can be substantial. 

  • Lost income - Most people facing any type of criminal charge will lose some income. You will probably need to miss work for court appearances at the least, but you may also lose working hours due to being in treatment. It is also quite possible that your employer may fire you over your conviction. 

These are only a few of the more insidious costs of a DWI. The reality is that DWIs can be exceedingly costly. 

Contact a Frisco DWI Lawyer 

Law Offices of Biederman & Burleson P.L.L.C.’s experienced Frisco DWI attorneys will do all we can to minimize any impact your charge will have on your life. To accept our offer of a free initial consultation, please contact us at 469-333-3333




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