The fine and court costs were $705, and we have to pay the lawyer $600 (which we are happy to pay because he was worth it). But it could've been worse. The maximum fine for a Class A misdemeanor in Alabama is $2,000 (not including court costs), and he could've gone to prison for a year. Also, since it is a crime and not a traffic violation, it can't affect his driver's license or insurance. Thank goodness for small favors.