It is a very serious offense to be charged with a DUI. Being found guilty of drunk driving usually includes a hefty fine, impacts your ability to drive in the future if your license in suspended, will significantly increase your insurance rates and could even possibly include some jail time. If you are found guilty in court, this will also have an impact on your future employment options, financial future and your ability to travel internationally. Obviously no one wants to be found guilty of a DUI, or deal with the severe and sometimes permanent consequences that it brings. However, if you find yourself in this situation, you should know that there are specific things you should do and others that you should avoid while going through the court process.
Actions to Take when Charged with a DUI
It is important to write everything down about your arrest for DUI; specifics like your speed, police officer’s name and anything else you can remember. Write it all down. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent. Know your rights and become familiar with the proper court documents and protocols. When hiring an attorney, be sure that they are experienced in DUI cases and qualified to handle your case. Become familiar with the consequences of a guilty verdict so you can hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. It is also a good idea to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles and request an administrative hearing.
Actions to Avoid when Charged with a DUI
Just because your blood alcohol level is over .08%, do not assume that you will be found guilty. Try to have a positive attitude while going through the process. Avoid discussing your DUI case with others. Only your attorney should know all of the facts that you have written down, keep this matter private and confidential. Never talk to the police without your attorney present, your attorney is your number one ally when you have been charged with a DUI. Do not drive if your license has been suspended, as this will only bring more charges against you and hurt your chances of coming out of court without serious repercussions. One of the most important things to remember is not to drink and drive again. If caught again, you will most likely serve jail time.
Lastly, do not represent yourself. You have been penalized with heavy fines and your driving privileges are at stake, so it is most important that you find a qualified and experienced DUI lawyer to defend you. Dyer & Libby Attorneys At Law offer the most experienced and skilled attorneys to represent you for a DUI charge. Contact Dyer and Libby for the best representation available.