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July 15, 2010

Out-of-pocket costs of an OWI

I calculated the typical costs someone would be required to pay if convicted of operating while intoxicated first offense and second offense with a blood alcohol level of .15%. They are as follows:

Expenditure

fine plus costs

1st offense

$794.50

2nd offense

$1,235.00

assessment

$250.00

$250.00

ign. interlock install

$80.00

$80.00

ign. interlock rent

$780.00

$1,170.00

ign. interlock removal

$40.00

$40.00

ign. interlock recalibration

$15.00

$30.00

OWI classes/counseling

$220.00

$300.00

Victim Impact Panel

$35.00

$35.00

occupational license

$50.00

$50.00

drivers license reinst. fee

$200.00

$200.00

jail Huber fees 2 weeks

$210.00

Probation fees 18 mos.

$1080.00

total

$2,464.50

$4,680.00


I spoke my insurance agent, and was informed that an OWI 1st conviction would raise premiums somewhere around $2,000 total over a five year period. A second offense during that time could easily result in an additional $4,000 in insurance costs over a similar time period.
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