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Getting a DUI is expensive, not just with posting bail and paying legal fees, but also in other areas like maintaining insurance, even taking time of your job to fulfill your sentence. Houston personal injury lawyer Brian White had a close friendly seriously injured by a drunk driver so he created this to help make others aware.

how much could a

dwi or dui cost you?

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How quickly do you become impaired ?

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Depends on height & body weight
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The amount of food you ate
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2-3 drinks an hour can make people intoxicated
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Women, younger & smaller people become impaired with less
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No tricks to get sober, just giving it time
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Takes 2 hours for one drink to pass through the blood stream on average
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Blood alcohol levels

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0.01 to 0.05

relaxed/difficulty with accuracy or making quick decisions

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0.03 to 0.12

Feel confident, find it hard to remember facts/follow conversations or do several things at once

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0.09 to 0.25

Can’t focus, simple tasks are difficult, you may become emotional or angry, may run into or trip over things

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0.18 to 0.30

Slurred speech, trouble walking, standing or focusing, may forget where you are, may become confused, dizzy or sick

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0.25 to 0.40

Barely respond to stimuli, will be unable to stand or walk, will vomit and/or become incontinent, consciousness may be lost

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0.35 to 0.50

Health in danger, may pass out or fall into a coma, can die from alcohol poisoning

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Breakdown of costs & potential expenses

$600

Minimum fine

first offense

$2000

Maximum fine

first offense

Legal

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Costs

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Court Costs

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Attorney Fees

  • $150-$2K
  • $5-10
  • $78
  • $33
  • $90
  • $15
  • $25
  • Case, plea hearing & more
  • Jail filing fee
  • Victim Assistance Fund payment
  • Victim Compensation Fund Payment
  • Law Enforcement Assistance Fund
  • Brain Injury Surcharge
  • Victim impact panel assessment
  • $2,000-$25,000
  • $1,000-$3,000
  • $3,000 and up
  • $150-$2,500
  • 3 days jail stay
  • Depends on the case complexity
  • Investigator to bolster defense
  • Expert witness to provide argument against sobriety
  • For bail, some states don’t allow a plea bargain
  • Some states, like Texas required minimum jail time

A DWI/DUI CAN POTENTIALLY COST YOU

$9,000-$38,000

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PRESENCE OF CHILD CAN EXPONENTIATE THE FINES AND JAIL TIME

Other

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Costs

  • $57-$2,000
  • $100-$1,200
  • $20-50
  • Basic DUI Treatment
  • Car Towing
  • Daily car storage costs
  • $50-200
  • $50-100
  • $25-704
  • To install car interlock device
  • Monthly fees for interlock device
  • License reinstatement fee

increased auto insurance premiums

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  • Over the next 5 years

    Increased costs continue for usually 3-5 years, assuming you stay incident free
  • $5,000-10,000

A DUI/DWI COULD ALSO COST YOU YOUR JOB!

JOB LOSS : AVERAGE SALARY

$33,073

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$44,980

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$58,908

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$74,710

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increased auto insurance premiums

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  • No Cost

  • Walking
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  • $100-$308

  • Average cost of a new bike
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  • $472-997

  • Monthly cab fare within a 5 mile radius
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  • $64-160

  • Monthly bus pass
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prevention tips

  • 1DON’T DO IT
  • 1DESIGNATE A DRIVER
  • 1PLAN AHEAD

  • 1CALL A CAB
  • 1DESIGNATE A PLACE
  • 1HIDE KEYS