Our firm represented a client in Dallas today. While I was driving home from the airport, I saw a large billboard that said that the average DWI arrest in Texas costs $17,438. I have seen this figure before and it seems about right based on our experience in DWI cases.
There are fines of up to $2,000 for a first time offender as well as surcharges on your Texas Driver's License of up to $6,000. These costs are in addition to probation fees, increased insurance premiums (assuming you don't lose your privilege to drive), and court costs that can be as high as $500.
I guess the government or whoever is responsible for funding the billboard are trying to use this as a deterrent to people driving while intoxicated.
But, what about the people that are falsely arrested for DWI or those that are ultimately found to not be intoxicated? Even more of a reason to hire a DWI lawyer that devotes the majority of his/her practice to defending DWI / DUI cases.