No one wants a DUI. No one wants to get behind the wheel of a car and cause an accident – but it happens. No one wants to have to tell their friends and loved ones that they weren’t careful with their life or with the lives of others. The thing is, this happens every single day. People have a great night with their friends and they drive. Or, they have a drink with a friend and then don’t drive for several hours – and still have a high blood alcohol level without realizing it.
Whether you have been pulled over for drinking and driving or having drugs in your system while you drive, you need to know what to do after you are issued with a DUI. If there is a chance that you could speak to an expungement lawyer and get your record squashed, that’s not something to concentrate on for right now. There are other things to do – and we’ve listed the four things that you must immediately do once you have been arrested.
- Remember, 10 Day Countdown.
You only get to have your license for ten days following an DUI arrest. The citation you get is a temporary license that allows you ten further days of driving, and after that, your license is suspended for six months depending on your blood alcohol level. From here, your lawyer can request a hearing to have your driving extended temporarily. You only have ten days to do this, and your attorney will have time to request all of the records and reports for the hearing itself. If they win, you can get your driving back. If they lose, you lose all your privileges for 30 days depending on your blood alcohol level.
- Go To The Arraignment
You will have been given a date of arraignment, and this is the first appearance that you will go to where you will enter a plea as advised by your attorney. Even if you don’t have legal representation, you need to appear and you can ask the judge for more time to hire a lawyer.
- Write It All Down
Even if you are compromised, you need to write everything that you remember down after the arrest. The whole day from start to finish needs to be written down to be remembered, and write to everyone you encountered, too, as they may be witnesses to your case.
- Meet With An Attorney
You need a proper DUI attorney to discuss your case. You want the experts here – this could affect your whole future. The right attorney is going to help you to get through this case, advise you on what to say and what not to say. They will also be able to tell you what could be the end result from the arrest. You need to listen to your attorney and ensure that you understand what they are telling you. Anything you don’t understand, speak up!
If there is one lesson to be learned after a DUI, it’s never to repeat the process. You learn your lesson and you grow from it.
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