Being arrested and charged with a DUI can be confusing and frightening, especially if you’ve never been in legal trouble before. After a DUI charge, there are a few things you can do to help your case and to start minimizing the potential penalties you’re facing. If you’ve been arrested, start with these three things you can do right after your arrest.
Contact a Lawyer for Help Immediately
As soon as it’s possible to do so, contact a lawyer to start working on your DUI case. This is not something you’re going to want to do on your own, as their experience and knowledge can have a huge difference in how your case ends. They can review over exactly what happened with you, what your options are, and what the likelihood is of you being able to reduce the charges or have them dismissed altogether. The faster they can start working on your case, the more evidence they can collect, which means there’s a higher chance they’ll be able to help you minimize or avoid the penalties you’re facing for a DUI charge.
Request a Hearing With the DMV
Your license can be suspended if you refuse to do the field sobriety test or to do the breathalyzer test. This is automatic and occurs quickly, so you may end up with a suspended driver’s license and not being convicted of a DUI. Those accused of a DUI need to make sure they request a DMV hearing as quickly as possible, as there are a limited number of days to request a hearing. At this hearing, the DMV will determine if you should keep your driver’s license or if it should be suspended for a period of time. The lawyer you work with can help you through the DMV hearing, which can help you either avoid a suspended license complete or allow you to get a hardship license so you can at least continue to drive to work and back.
Start Writing Down Everything that Happened
As soon as possible after the arrest, start writing down exactly what happened. Start with earlier in the day and what you were doing before you got in the vehicle. Being as detailed as possible, write why you drove, where you were going, whether you had anything to drink before driving and how much you drank, when and where you were pulled over, and where you stopped. Include details about the stop such as the officer’s instructions, how you responded to the officer, and whether you did the field test or took a breathalyzer test. Be as detailed as possible here as even the smallest details can help your lawyer defend you against these charges. They’ll be able to read through this report of what happened when they begin working on your case and may find information in there that can help you avoid a conviction.
It can be frightening to have to deal with an arrest and the court process, but there are things you can do that will help you through this period. If you’ve been arrested and charged with a DUI, contact a lawyer quickly so they can start working on your case right away. They can help you throughout the entire process, so you have someone on your side.