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Life After a DUI: What Comes Next?

With the end of the holiday season, life starts to go back to normal. Everyone goes back to their normal working routine — eat, sleep, work, repeat. However, if you found yourself the victim of a DUI checkpoint or pulled to the side of the roads with those blue and red lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, your normal day-to-day routine might be looking a little bit different as we start the new year.

Unfortunately, DUI’s are not so uncommon, especially around a big drinking holiday like the New Year. Compared to most weekend nights, the 12-hour window between 6pm on December 31st and 6am on January 1st has approximately 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a factor.

If you have recently gotten a DUI, it’s important to bounce back and take the right steps toward safely getting back on the road. Today’s blog from SR22 Savings will walk you through everything you need to know, including adding SR-22 coverage to your policy. Contact the agents at SR22 Savings in Los Angeles today to learn more.

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DUI Penalties

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a very serious offense and comes with very serious consequences. When you get pulled over for a DUI, you won’t get to drive away. You will be arrested and taken to the nearest police station for fingerprinting and you’ll most likely spend the night in jail. More often than not you will receive heavy fines, a suspended or revoked license, increased insurance premiums, and even jail time. These are serious penalties that can affect your day-to-day routine immensely. Especially if you lose your license or have to do jail time.

Suspended or Revoked License

The first question that goes through a driver’s mind when they receive a DUI is: am I going to lose my license? The answer, unfortunately, is probably. In many states, a DUI comes with a mandatory license suspension. In Los Angeles and throughout California, criminal courts can impose a 6-month suspension for a first-time DUI. This can make getting to-and-from work everyday much more challenging.

Increased Insurance Rates

With the addition of a DUI on your driving record, you will now be considered a high-risk driver. Insurance rates for high-risk drivers are often high, so your current rate will likely increase. Not only will your premium increase, but many courts, especially in Los Angeles, will require the addition of SR-22 insurance coverage to your policy. An SR-22 is proof your car insurance meets the minimum requirements to be on the road in Los Angeles.

To learn more about your driving status and the difference between preferred, standard, and high-risk drivers, read our last blog!

Getting Back On Your Feet

It’s no secret that life after a DUI becomes increasingly difficult. The financial strain alone can be extremely frustrating and stressful. It’s important to do your best to stay positive and take the necessary steps toward correcting this unfortunate mistake and getting back on the road safely. From listening to the court or an attorney if you’ve hired one, to leaning on your close friends and family for support. Making decisions that go against the court’s ruling may result in even more severe penalties.

Call SR22 Savings In Los Angeles

If you’re unsure where to start after receiving a DUI in Los Angeles, call the team at SR22 Savings to find out what you should do next. The team can help walk you through the steps and get you on the right path toward getting back on the road. If you’re nearing the end of your license suspension, call our qualified agents to shop SR-22 insurance rates to add to your policy.

Getting a DUI doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Stay positive, get back on your feet, and follow the necessary steps toward fixing the mistake and bettering your life, one day at a time! And call SR22 Savings for all of your DUI insurance questions.