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Steps to Take After Getting a DUI

If you are a first time DUI offender, you may be asking yourself what's next. No one plans on getting a DUI, so you're probably unprepared as to what your next steps should be. Here are some of the most important things you should do when getting a DUI.

Seek legal counsel.

It’s important to understand the laws in your state when it comes to DUIs. Hiring a qualified attorney with experience in handling DUI cases can go a long way toward making this process a little less confusing.

Report to court.

It goes without saying that you should show up to your court date to avoid any further legal trouble. Most states mandate that a DUI offender appear in court or before your state licensing authority within 30 days of the arrest.

Carry out the punishment.

The judge on your case will sentence you to a variety of punishments that may include fines, classes, probation, revocation or restriction of your license, and even jail. It’s important that you abide by this sentencing in order to fulfill your conviction and move past it in order to someday get your license back. The severity of your punishment will depend on the severity of your offense.

Carry the proper insurance.

Once you get a DUI, there is a good chance that your insurance company will terminate your policy. If you still have your driver’s license, it’s important to always carry insurance. In most states, you’ll also have to file an SR-22, which serves as proof that you have the proper amount of insurance that is required by the state you live in. You will have to carry insurance and the SR-22 form for a minimum of three years. If your policy lapses, your insurance carrier is required by law to notify your state licensing authority, which will likely result in the suspension of your driver’s license. You can find insurance providers for DUI offenders on our Auto Insurance page.

Get your license back.

After you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you will likely lose your license for a period of time. Once you fulfill the suspension, you may be eligible to get a temporary or restricted license that will allow you to get back and forth to work and the alcohol program you will likely need to attend.
To be eligible to get your license back, you must demonstrate that you’ve completed or are in the process of completing any punishment you’ve been sentenced to. You will also have to show proof of insurance to the state by filing your SR-22 form from your insurance company. Finally, you’ll have to pay any fee your state charges to reissue your license. Check with your DMV for any additional regulations your state may have to regain your license.