What Is The Cost of Fighting DWI Charges in Houston?

Costs vary from case to case, but are determined largely by the outcome of the case in the court of law. The good news is that you don’t have to concern yourself with the cost of court fees, court costs, or fines until after the case is finalized.

If convicted of DWI by a guilty finding of the court, or by entering a guilty plea, you’ll then be informed of what must be paid, why, and the cost. The court will require you to pay all fees associated with probation, any required DWI classes, and the cost of any chemical testing associated with your case.

Due to the TxDPS Driver Responsibility Program, you’ll also be forced by the State of Texas to pay surcharge fees if you ever intend to lawfully drive in Texas again. Whether the DWI occurred in or outside of Texas, you’ll have to pay either a $1,000.00 (1st DWI offense) or $1,500.00 (Subsequent DWI) surcharge every year for 3 years. If your Blood Alcohol Concentration was 0.16 or over, your surcharge will cost $2,500.00 per year for 3 years.

When taken together, surpassing $10,000.00 in costs is easily possible. If your drunk driving incident caused a car accident, you’ll be responsible for those costs as well.

Then there’s the matter of having to file for an SR-22. An SR-22 insurance policy could easily add a few thousand dollars to your yearly insurance costs, and that’s in addition to the regular premium increase which will occur if you’re convicted of the offense.

When considering the costs of legal defense fees, costs associated with posting bond, lost income when missing work for court, and vehicle storage lot & release fees, a Houston DWI can end up costing you thousands.

Fighting a Houston DWI charge is well worth the effort.

What Should I Do If My Drivers License is Suspended?

DO NOT DRIVE.

If you’re caught operating a motor vehicle on public roadways while your TDL is suspended you’ll be taken to jail immediately.

Anyone arrested for a Houston DWI related offense will face some form of license revocation or suspension with the strictness of the conditions being largely based on the severity of the offense, and any previous related criminal convictions.

Attorney Tad A. Nelson sees this type of situation as the best time to start fighting the charge and defending yourself. Also, you’ll only have a limited time frame in which to attempt to thwart the suspension your license via an “ALR” hearing. Fighting the suspension of your Texas Driver License will increase the probability of us beating the Houston DWI charge later.

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Can I Get A Lawyer for My ALR Hearing?

Yes you can. In fact, we strongly recommend it. An experienced DWI lawyer serving as your chief advocate in the courts guarantees that you’re using the best strategy for dealing with such a sensitive situation. Having the right to drive is important in Houston, the last thing you’ll need is your Texas Driver License suspended. It may result in jail.

Experienced legal representation also helps at avoiding the costly mistakes that are apparent when attempting to represent one’s self, or when being represented by a novice. Even lawyers subjected to criminal accusations decline to represent themselves in court.

Is My Texas Driver License Suspended if it’s Confiscated by Police?

The only time HPD or any other law enforcement agency will (generally) take your Texas Driver License is if you refused consent to a blood draw. If they took your license it isn’t immediately suspended.

However, if you’re stopped by HCSO or HPD, and don’t have your license on you while driving, you’ll likely be taken to jail for identification purposes in which matters can only escalate for a negative end.

Your Texas Driver License isn’t officially suspended until you receive, by mail, an official letter titled “Notice of Suspension”. Once you get this notice you’ll have roughly 15 days to challenge the suspension via a process referred to as an ALR (Administrative License Revocation) hearing.

If you neglect to challenge the suspension of your driving privilege it will take effect within roughly 30-40 days of the date on the Notification of Suspension letter.