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First Steps After Being Charged With DUI

After being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), it can be difficult to determine what to do next. Be aware that the steps you take now can have an impact on the outcome of your case. Here are some tips on how to proceed:

Do Not Plead Guilty

Many people give up and simply plead guilty. Even if you blew over the legal limit and the evidence against you seems strong, you may have options for fighting the DUI charge or at least reducing the penalties. If you plead guilty, you will not have any options.

Take Notes

Take notes of all the details of the arrest. How many drinks did you have, if any? When did you have your last drink? When were you pulled over? Did the arresting officer conduct field sobriety tests? Were you given a breath test or a blood test? Details like these may become critical in your DUI defense case.

Do Not Drive On A Suspended License

Your driver's license will be suspended automatically after your DUI arrest. This is not contingent on you being convicted. While there will be an opportunity for you to fight this administrative suspension in a hearing, you must not drive until the matter is resolved. You could end up being charged with driving while license suspended, which will make your case much more challenging.

Make Sure Your Insurance Is Up-To-Date

Check your auto insurance policy to make certain you are paid up and you have the necessary coverage. In order to get your driver's license back, you may be required to provide proof that you are adequately insured.

Go To Classes

Depending on the situation, you may be required to go through some sort of alcohol treatment program. While care must be taken before proceeding, you may want to look into attending such a program while your case is pending.

Get A Lawyer

A lawyer experienced in defending against DUI charges can help you determine what steps to take after a drunk driving arrest and position you for success in fighting the charge. At the Law Offices of Vickers & White, PLLC, we come to these cases with decades of experience. We always begin with a free consultation.

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