A drunk driving charge is a potentially life-threatening matter that can result in significant fines, a suspension of your driver’s license and even jail time. The most important question you should be asking yourself after an arrest is "what happens next?" This may be your first DUI arrest and you don’t know what you should do in the days following.
Like any charge, a DUI charge can be an unsettling series of events, especially if your ability to understand the true nature of what was happening was impaired at the time of arrest.
You have rights
Whether this is your first-time offense or not, you need to understand your rights. This includes your Miranda Rights – “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” You are presumed innocent until the court proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
What’s at stake?
Law enforcement is cracking down on drunk driving but it is still a serious issue that can be fatal. DUI convictions can have numerous consequences. This can pose a long-term threat to your work and career as employers do background checks. Some cases like multiple or felony DUI can result in incarceration. It’s important to understand your charges and penalties.
Because you only have a certain number of days to request an administrative license hearing, you’ll want to begin working on your defense with a skilled attorney as soon as possible. You may be subject to more consequences if you miss the deadline.
Organization is key after a DUI arrests and you’ll want to keep all paperwork pertaining to your arrest. If you choose to hire an attorney, this organization can help them guide you through the process. They’ll be able to evaluate the facts, protect your rights at each stage of the process and represent you vigorously before the court.