How Much Does a DWI Lawyer Cost?

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The cost of a DWI lawyer depends on the severity of the DWI charge. DWI cases range from Class B misdemeanors up to 1st Degree Felony charges. The amount of work to do on a case and the potential consequences to a person charged with DWI will (or should) determine the amount charged.

DWI ChargeMax Severity of PunishmentLawyer Cost
Class B Misdemeanor6 months jail$3,000 and up
Class A Misdemeanor1 year jail$4,000 and up
State Jail Felony2 years state jail$6,000 and up
3rd Degree Felony10 years prison$8,000 and up
2nd Degree Felony20 years prison$10,000 and up
1st Degree Felonylife or 99 years prison$12,000 and up
Probable Minimal DWI Lawyer Cost

This chart is a a very loose estimate of what a possibly qualified lawyer would charge as a very minimum. These minimum costs are what the very lowest I would consider charging but only in special circumstances. In most cases my fees will be higher to reflect the work and time needed to properly represent my clients. I have trained several years in defending DUI and DWI cases around Texas.

A lawyer who is not experienced in DWI defense should be upfront with the potential client. It is an ethical duty a lawyer owes to clients.

A DWI case can be complicated and have devastating consequences on a person. This is why it is very important to select a lawyer trained in defending these cases in a competent manner.

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Author: Eric Torberson

Eric Torberson is a licensed attorney in Texas as well as licensed in the federal courts of the southern and western districts of Texas.