If you have been charged with a DWI, your are probably worrying “what are my DWI costs going to be?” While “it depends” is unfortunately always the answer to this question, this post lays out the most common DWI Costs following a DWI/DUI charge in North Carolina.

In additional to the items laid out below, there can be collateral costs to a DWI, such as loss of employment, increased insurance rates, and lost future opportunities (due to criminal record).  Your time is also valuable, so the time you spend worrying about the DWI, receiving treatment, talking with your attorney, sitting in the courtroom, etc. should certainly be factored into the overall cost of a DWI.

THE COSTS LAID OUT BELOW ARE NOT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF DWI COSTS, AND ARE NOT APPLICABLE IN EVERY SITUATION. Please contact us to determine the costs that are relevant to your charge as well as how we can keep your costs low.

 

1)  Driving Related DWI Costs

Pretrial Limited Driving Privilege

  • Time of Payment: Paid 10 Days After Charge

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  • Cost: $100.00
  • Payable To: Clerk of Court
  • Purpose: If license is revoked for 30 days, the pretrial limited driving privilege allows for limited purposes for the final 20 days of the civil revocation.

See our post on this: How to Obtain a Pretrial Limited Driving Privilege

30 Day Civil Restoration Fee

  • Time of Payment: Paid 30 Days After Charge
  • Cost: $100.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court
  • Purpose: To Get License Back 30 Days After DWI Charge

Post-trial Limited Driving Privilege

  • Time of Payment: Either at Conviction or When Eligible
  • Cost: $100.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court
  • Purpose: Allows driving for specific limited purposes during the period your license is revoked for the DWI conviction

Ignition Interlock System

  • Time of Payment: Upon Installation
  • Installation Cost: Approximately $75.00
  • Monthly Cost: Approximately $75.00
  • Payable to: Installation Company
  • Purpose: Driving may only be allowed with an interlock system

License Restoration Fees

  • Time of Payment: Upon Restoration of Driver’s License (Following Revocation for Refusal or DWI Conviction)
  • Cost: $50.00-$100.00
  • Payable to: NC DMV
  • Purpose: Restore Driver’s License

2) Court Fees

Fine & DWI Fee

  • Time of Payment: Sentencing Hearing
  • DWI Cost Allowed by Statute: Up to $10,000.00
  • Typical DWI Cost: $200.00 – $500.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court

Court Costs

  • Time of Payment: Sentencing Hearing
  • DWI Cost: $190.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court

Jail Fee

  • Time of Payment: Sentencing Hearing
  • Cost: $40.00 Per Day in Jail
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court

Community Service Fee

  • Time of Payment: Sentencing Hearing
  • DWI Cost: $250.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court

Lab Fees for Blood Cases

  • Time of Payment: Sentencing Hearing
  • DWI Cost: $600.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court

Supervised Probation Fees

  • Time of Payment: On Schedule Determined by Probation
  • Set-up Cost: $40.00 
  • Monthly Fee: $40.00
  • Payable to: Clerk of Court

3) Alcohol Assessment and Treatment

Assessment:

  • Time of Payment: At Assessment
  • Cost: $100.00
  • Payable to: Agency Performing Assessment

Treatment:

  • Time of Payment: Determined by Agency
  • Typical Cost: $160.00 – $800.00
  • Payable to: Agency Conducting Treatment

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