So you have had the unfortunate decision and you have been charged with a DUI charge and you have hired a DUI lawyer that you are comfortable with and trust. The date of your court date comes around and after all of the evidence has been heard by the judge and maybe grand jury the decision of your charges are told and you are found guilty in some way, shape and form. Now you begin a very expensive journey of have a charge on DUI on your record for the next 15 years. There are many expenses, the cost of the DUI lawyer, fees, fines and possibly having to have a Breathalyzer device installed in your vehicle which will be located by the ignition just have to get the privilege of being able to drive.
Think this will be the only cost involved for the DUI charge and that it is over for you financially? Think again, as your DUI lawyer will advise you that they cannot make changes in the event that the state requires you to carry more insurance than you carried prior to your DUI charge. But what they can do is they can speak with the judge to see if the charges can be lesser than what they were or be given a bit of compassion for your charges. Depending on the state that you are in, if your auto insurance does not drop/cancel your policy that you hold with them. Expect your premiums to go up and if the auto insurance company does drop you expect that some auto insurance company may not want to even provide you a quote, they no longer want to take such risk. (Even this being your first one.)
Your DUI lawyer will advise you but will not be able to tell you to the penny but can give you a good estimate of how much that they will increase. Not only can a DUI lawyer not prevent that you now being to carry additional auto insurance they can only continue to advise of what is to come in the months ahead and what to expect.
Keep in mind also that there is a possibility of the life insurance going up as well, again the DUI lawyer can only advise of this. The average cost of the minimum that you will now have to carry can range anywhere from a additional $5,000.00 to $15,000.00 this depending on the type of insurance that you are looking at carrying on your auto insurance policy.
You will also need to carry a copy of a SR-22, SR stands for Safety Responsibility. This is a document that states that you are currently carrying and in good standing with your auto insurance company that holds your policy. There is a fee and this is drawn up by your auto insurance agent and filed with your local Department of Motor Vehicle or DMV.