5 Tips for First Time DUI Offenders

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips, Helping You Drive Safely

Drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated, impaired driving, operating under the influence: no matter what you call it, drunk driving is illegal in all US states and most countries around the world. Sadly a large number of drunk drivers are repeat offenders.

Driving under the influence (DUI)Although drunk driving regulations may differ from state to state, the penalties are high. Killing or injuring another person while driving under the influence can lead to heavy fines, civil suits and prison time.

The most widely accepted legal limit for a DUI is having a .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level. On average, that is the equivalent of consuming 3-5 drinks in an hour. However, it’s important to note that your BAC keeps going up hours after drinking. Remember alcohol affects different people in different ways. Additional efforts have gone into open container laws prohibiting open containers of alcohol within a motor vehicle, even if the driver is not drinking.

If you’re a first time DUI offender here are 5 steps to take after receiving a ticket for driving under the influence:

1) Get a Lawyer with DUI Experience

Lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the laws in your state. They will help navigate any confusion you may have and give you clarity.

2) Report to Court

If you’re serious about putting this incident behind you, never to commit it again, show up to court. You run the risk of increasing the odds that your licence will be stripped from you and you could receive more penalties if you don’t.

3) Commit to Your DUI Sentencing

Whatever the penalties the judge hands down to you, do them. Repercussions could include house arrest, license restrictions, license revocation, fines and classes.

4) Shopping for Insurance

After being found guilty of driving under the influence there is a high probability that your insurance provider will terminate your policy. Shop for a replacement as soon as possible if this occurs. You might have to file an SR-22 form showing you have the right  amount of insurance required by law. You will have to carry your insurance and the SR-22 form for a minimum of three years. Policy lapses, result in your insurance carrier notifying your state licensing authority.

5) License Eligibility

After you have paid restitution in whatever form the judge hands down, you are once again eligible to get a temporary license. It will give you the ability to drive again. You may have to pay a reissuing fee when you are eligible for a permanent replacement license.

Join the fight against drunk driving by finding out more atone of the most prominent non-profit organizations dedicated to abolishing drunk driving; Mothers Against Drunk driving.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 83865 ratings and reviews.

Tiffany TX, United States
Easy registration.
Harish TX, United States
Simple, easy and fast
Ericka TX, United States
Great
Akeem TX, United States
It's great!
Julie
Easy to register and a great price!
David
Easy to follow
SHAMMARA
Very easy to get everything required for ticket dismissals.
Vicky
I have done the test online before and it was quick and easy.
Isaias
Great so far
Baleigh
It is great!
Joshua
Simple, straightforward, and not difficult to understand.
James United States
Easy to register. Like two different options of course format
Toni United States
Easy to navigate/understand and quick response time
Michael TX, United States
Super easy to sign up and very informative.
Brenda United States
quick easy to navigate
HALEY United States
Fast and easy!
Marvin United States
Amazing
Darian
Very easy to navigate
Troy
Smooth
Robyn
Easy
Hector
Excellent
Anthony
Easy
Jeffrey
Getting signed up was fast and easy
Stacey United States
It was an easy course to follow
Sandra TX, United States
It was very easy to use
Aaron TX, United States
It was quick and simple to complete.
Juan TX, United States
Quick and easy way to get a defensive driving certificate.
John
So far easy and simple !
Feris
really easy and user friendly
Garrett
Good course
Denise
Great!
Jose
Thanks for the help!
Eduardo
Fast, simple and convenient
Melissa
great and easy.
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course