Stop DWI is an organization that promotes DWI prevention by coordinating with the New York community, including: “law enforcement, prosecution, probation, rehabilitation, public information, education and administration.” The program was created in 1981 and stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated.” STOP DWI’s mission is to “reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes.”
In March, STOP DWI posted an article discussing drugged driving. As part of the effort they posted a YouTube video created by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The video stresses the importance of reading warning labels on your prescription medication because driving under the influence of prescription drugs can lead to the same consequences as drinking and driving.
STOP DWI also has a section on their website that provides the “Consequences & Costs” of a DWI. Although the DWI laws can seem complex and detailed, they provide a very basic explanation of the possible financial cost to offenders. First, they explain that there are fines for alcohol offenses range from $300 to $10,000. Additionally, court costs are added to that. (“Range from $260 for conviction of DWAI, a violation, to $520 for a Felony offense”).
In some cases you may pay fees for a “Driver Responsibility Assessment” and typical re-issuing a license fees. In other cases you may have to pay separate fees for a conditional license, entry into a NYS Drinking Driver Program, and in some cases a treatment program. If at any time you are “referred for alcohol and substance abuse evaluation, each offender is responsible for the cost of treatment not covered by insurance.”
In addition to all of those fees, offenders must add the cost of a lawyer to represent them. Depending on complexity and the attorney fees can range from $2000 to $10,000. Not to mention once the DWI process is over it is likely your car insurance premiums will increase. STOP DWI estimates what the total financial cost of a typical DWI is, and they believe they can range from $4000 to $15000.
STOP DWI is a self-sufficient program governed by statute and funded by fine revenues generated by DWI convictions. Additionally, STOP DWI has created county initiatives in nearly all the counties in the State of New York.
If you have received a DWI in New York, and need to speak with a DWI lawyer, the attorneys at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys can assist you in your representation. Our attorneys’ whole focus is in DWI defense, and has the expertise and qualifications to help you with your DWI. We know that choosing the right DWI defense lawyer can be a tough decision.
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