Costs of a DWI Conviction

Assistance from a DUI Lawyer in New Jersey

You should be aware that there are certain costs associated with being convicted of DWI or refusal of a chemical DWI test. In addition to the fines, court costs, and other penalties levied by the judge, you will also need to pay the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission a surcharge of at least $1,000 for 3 years for any DWI conviction. This applies even if you are an out-of-state driver. The following is an estimate of the costs associated with a DWI conviction.

Once you have had a chance to review the table provided below, you will see that it makes sense to have an attorney represent you. The costs are just too high to go to court alone. If you do represent yourself in a DWI case in New Jersey without a lawyer, you will likely be at a much higher risk of being convicted.

Our New Jersey DUI attorney, Christopher L. Baxter, has 30 years of experience in DWI courtrooms. He has served as both a DWI / DUI defense lawyer and a municipal prosecutor who has handled these types of cases. Mr. Baxter can help you access the possible costs of a conviction in your specific case and draw up an effective defense plan.

Type of Cost


Fines by the court

Minimum of $250

Court costs


Safe Neighborhood Service Fund


Victim of Crime Compensation Fund


Law Enforcement Fund


Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC) class


New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission 3-year surcharge


DWI surcharge


Fee for license reinstatement


Estimated increases in your auto insurance premiums

Your annual premium could double for at least 3 years

Minimum added costs for a first-time DWI conviction (estimate)


The Law Offices of Christopher L. Baxter can help!

Want to learn more about how you can challenge your DWI charges in Burlington County or anywhere else in the state of New Jersey? Call the Law Offices of Christopher L. Baxter and schedule your free initial case evaluation. You can reach our office at 856-235-9881.

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When it comes to your future, you do not want to place your trust in just any DWI lawyer. Not only does Attorney Baxter have a *10.0 Rating on Avvo, he also is a recipient of the 2015 Clients' Choice award. This demonstrates our attorney's ability to secure favorable outcomes on behalf of our clients, no matter how complex the situation may be. Although you may be worried about what the future holds, you do not have to work through this time on your own. We stand ready to relentlessly defend you from the moment of your initial consultation until the resolution of your case.



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