Penalties around a DUI can be very difficult to complete. Having a solid understanding as to what is expected of you and when, is going to be key to completing your penalties and getting your life back. Once convicted of a DUI, you are then sentenced with a series of penalties that you will be required to fulfill. In many states the penalties around the DUI are tied to jail time and/or driving privileges. Common penalties include; Jail time, Fines, Probation, Ignition Interlock, Traffic School, Counseling, SR22 Insurance, Community Service and MADD Impact Panels.
Things that Matter:
Most penalties have a strict timeline both in length of time needed but and when each penalty starts.
Many penalties will be interrelated. Know what is needed before initiating any single requirement, it is likely if you start something before you are eligible it will not count and you’ll be out the money until you are eligible to serve that portion of your sentence…ask first and check twice.
Most penalty service providers must be approved by the court or state. Make sure the provider of your service, such as interlock, traffic school or other service, is approved. Most times you get to choose who you use; however, they must be approved.
Understand your sentenced requirements and when you need to have each penalty started. Creating a timeline or calendar; tracking your required penalties will save you time, money and frustration.
Researching, comparing and reviewing your Service Providers may be vital to smoothly getting through your penalties.
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