If someone you know has recently been arrested for driving under the influence, buying a bail bond is the first part of a long penalty process. With all the license and insurance issues that arise after a DUI, paying a large sum for bail is far from ideal. A bail bond can help decrease the stress that comes with a DUI charge. It will save loads of money in short term and can potentially save you some confusion as a professional bondsman will help you navigate courts and jails. A bondsman will help you work through the DUI timeline as quickly as possible. Your information will be kept confidential and you will be treated with respect.
After trial, DUI penalties for a regular first offense may include a suspended license, a hefty license reinstatement fee, a DUI or Drug Risk education program, community service hours and/or a limited driving permit. The driver will certainly receive some “points” on his or her license which are difficult to get rid of. It all depends on your BAC, implied consent and the type of license you have already.
There will also be consequences to face when it comes to the insurance company. In addition to government fees, court fees and bail bond fees, now you have to worry about insurance. Standard market insurance is what people with no DUI convictions or excessive traffic tickets have. This would includes most major automobile insurance companies around the country. After a DUI, these carriers may choose to renew or deny your insurance policy with them. If they reject you, then it is time for you to hit the secondary market to find a new insurance carrier.
After a DUI you are easily looking at paying 3 to 5 times more then you were paying for automobile insurance. If you have been arrested on a DUI charge and are having a hard time, make sure to get online and shop rates and carriers. You can get a list of car insurance companies online with a simple Google search. Call them and compare features. Spending a little time can save you a lot of money and personal touch can go a long way. Sending a personal note to your current insurance agent or company may save you some trouble. Explain that you made a mistake and that you are going to be more careful. They may consider keeping your policy or recommending a good secondary option. Always explore all your options and try to reduce the amount you will end up spending after a DUI conviction. Every little bit will help!