Colorado DUI Law: What is an SR-22?

An SR-22 is an insurance policy rider that guarantees a car owner’s auto insurance will remain in effect for a certain period of time. Like most U.S. states, Colorado law requires drivers who have their licenses suspended or revoked for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs obtain an SR-22 before the state returns their driver’s licenses. Other convictions that require a license suspension or revocation may also require an SR-22.

An SR-22 is purchased separately from an auto insurance policy, although an insurance agent can provide both. The SR-22 itself is not an insurance policy; rather, it is a promise that a driver will keep their auto insurance policy in effect. If the driver fails to keep up their insurance policy, the insurance company will notify the state of Colorado that the SR-22 is no longer in effect, which can result in additional penalties for the driver. If a driver changes insurance companies, it’s important to make sure an SR-22 for the new policy is in place before the old policy expires.

The cost of an SR-22 is just one of the many expenses that follow a Colorado drunk driving conviction. The conviction may also require the driver to pay fines, pay for substance abuse treatment, pay to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on their car, and pay other costs related to the conviction.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Colorado, experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyer Timothy Bussey can help you seek the best possible outcome in your case by fighting aggressively to defend your legal rights in court. To learn more, call the Bussey Law Firm, P.C., today at 719-475-2555 for a confidential consultation.

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