What You Need to Know About DUI License Suspension
If you do receive a DUI, you need to know what happens to your license. The penalties for driving on a suspended license are stiff. Read on to find out what you need to know about DUI license suspension, and what actions you should take to get back on the road.
Seek Legal Advice Immediately
A licensed lawyer in your state who is an expert on DUI cases will know the best ways to defend you in court, no matter the reasons for a suspended license in your specific situation. Also, some private law firms in your area will offer pro bono legal services for DUIs, so be sure to do your research.
Get Proof of Insurance
When you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you may be required to get special insurance for high-risk drivers with a DUI offense. This specialized insurance could be two or three times as expensive as your regular insurance coverage.
Attendance at Court Hearings
Following the guidance of your lawyer, you may have the opportunity to present your case in criminal court. Your lawyer will know about your state’s wet reckless statute, which can give individuals charged with a DUI who were under the legal limit an opportunity to plead to a lesser charge that doesn’t include DUI license suspension. Also, you may be able to request a DMV hearing to get your license back.
Complete Court Requirements
The court can make several requirements, including court-ordered alcohol treatment. It may also require that you get an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle to ensure that you don’t drive while intoxicated, or a restricted license that only allows you to go to work while supporting your family. Be sure to avoid driving on a suspended license, regardless of reasons for the license suspension.
Pay the Required Fees to Get Your License Reinstated
Besides court fees and license reinstatement fees, there are fees associated with an IID if you are required by law to have one installed in your vehicle after getting a DUI/DWI. If you are required to have an IID installed in your car, be sure that you understand the fees, procedures, and restrictions. There are installation fees, maintenance fees, and a fee for having the device removed. Prices and quality vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and depending upon the company you use, and you may find hidden costs. Look for a well-established company with reliable devices, moderate prices, and a transparent explanation of all fees.
Draeger Interlock is a leading US manufacturer of ignition interlock devices. We provide the highest quality of product with professionalism and expertise for individuals who are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle(s) as the result of a DUI conviction. We make sure you understand our fees, and we’ve designed a product that does its job quickly and accurately — so you spend as little time as possible interacting with the device. For more information on what happens when you are dealing with a DUI license suspension, or if you have any questions about our ignition interlock device, please contact us.
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