The costs of a criminal case can be extremely high, although some cases cost more than others. First, individuals often must pay thousands of dollars in fines and restitution in some cases. All offenses carry the potential for different fines. Additionally, if you are convicted of embezzlement, for instance, your restitution order may require you to pay back the money embezzled from the employer.
If you were required to post a bond in a criminal case, that can be a large up-front expenditure, although there is the possibly of a refund at the end of the criminal matter partially or fully in some cases. Bail also may be subject to forfeiture, such as if you flee the jurisdiction. In that case, you will not receive the bond back, and if you utilized the services of a bail bondsman, you may be liable to the bondsman agency for the full amount of the bond. However, there also are other expenses related to the court proceedings for which individuals may be responsible, including court costs and probation fees.
Some criminal convictions may require additional expenses. For example, if you are convicted of a DWI, you may be required or have the option of installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in order to drive on restricted license or to reinstate your license following a suspension. The costs of installing and maintaining IID service are not inexpensive. Likewise, if you are placed on house arrest, you likely must pay the ongoing costs associated with electronic monitoring devices.
The criminal defense lawyers of Peek & Toland have handled the legal defense of countless individuals who are facing criminal charges, including charges relating to the smuggling of contraband into jails and prisons. We are here to protect your rights and advocate on your behalf in order to get the best outcome possible in your case. Call our office today at (512) 474-4445 to set up an appointment with our criminal defense attorneys today.