Posted on: 18 May 2017Share
A DUI charge can be serious and life-changing. It is seen as a criminal offense and if you don't take care of it properly it could hurt you and your ability to drive for the rest of your life. Here are some things that you need to do to make sure the DUI doesn't follow you and taint your future.
1. You Need To Talk To An Attorney
A DUI might seem cut and dry enough that you think you can go through it on your own. Although you don't need to have an attorney with you in court, it is much better to have one. A DUI attorney will know exactly how to handle the situation so that you avoid problems. They can tell you how to plea, try to get you a better sentence, keeping it off your record and instruct you on what you should do to work towards getting your license back. Don't make the mistake of trying to save money by avoiding getting a lawyer. Yes, you might save a little money, but you will pay dearly if you get jail time when you shouldn't, pay larger fines than necessary, or the DUI stays on your permanent record.
2. Start Researching Insurance Options
Many times after you get a DUI you will be dropped by your auto insurance carrier. This means that even if you do get your license back, you can't drive because you don't have the proper state required insurance to operate a car. Thus, getting insurance can be tricky. Some companies won't insure you if you haven't done certain things, like take classes, appear to all of your court hearings, and so forth. As soon as you get the DUI start looking into what you need to do to get insured again.
3. Follow The Guidelines and Punishment Given By The Court
In order to get your license back, and to one day get insured again, you need to be able to prove that you did everything you could to right your wrong. The court will give you some sort of punishment. It will depend on the severity of the offense if you will get fined, service, classes or even jail time. By being cooperative and showing that you are sorry for what you did, you are more likely to get your license back. From now on, you will need to prove with your behavior that you are responsible enough to drive again.
By doing these things you can protect yourself after a DUI charge.