A DUI conviction can cause a lot of issues in a person's life, including a suspended license, jail time, fines, and mandatory alcohol awareness classes. After a person completes all court orders, things do not necessarily get easier. Driving after a DUI conviction comes with a number of complications that must be dealt with before a person can legally drive again. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect in order to get back behind the wheel after a DUI conviction:
Ignition Interlock Device
In many states, people who have been convicted of a DUI are required by the courts to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle for a set amount of time. These devices require the driver to blow into a tube that tests for the presence of alcohol while driving. If you are ordered to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, you will be responsible for the monthly cost of leasing it, as well as paying to have the device regularly calibrated.
Sky-High Auto Insurance Premiums
Having a DUI conviction on your driving record makes you a high-risk driver in the eyes of insurance companies. You can expect your auto insurance rates to increase substantially after your insurance company is informed of your conviction. If you have other infractions on your driving record or you were convicted of an extreme DUI, it is possible that your insurance company will cancel your policy altogether.
If your insurance company cancels your policy, you will need to find a new insurance company that provides insurance policies for high-risk drivers. You can expect this insurance to be quite expensive compared to what you were paying prior to your DUI conviction.
Before you can have your driver's license reinstated, you will most likely need to file an SR-22 certificate with your local motor vehicle department. An SR-22 is also commonly called a certificate of insurance, and it is required to prove that you carry an acceptable auto insurance policy. You will need to obtain a copy of the SR-22 from your insurance company. Some insurance companies do not provide SR-22s, so make sure that your current insurance company does, or look for an insurance company that advertises providing coverage to people with DUI convictions.
You should never drive an automobile while your driver's license is suspended. When the suspension period is up, you will need to file the SR-22 that you obtained from your insurance company, fill out a reinstatement form, and pay a fee. Be patient, as getting your license reinstated can take a few weeks.
Contact a company like Able Insurance Agency for more information and assistance.