It is important to note that when you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you take the immediate necessary action to protect your rights. It’s important to note that a DUI can result in you being arrested and fined, your driver’s license being suspended or revoked, you can be jailed and there is a possibility you make it to the felony criminal record. The following will guide you.
• Hire a Defense Lawyer.
Speaking with a lawyer is the most important step to start with to protect your rights. The lawyer’s duty is to help you be knowledgeable of the procedures (matters police reports and the rest). The attorney’s knowledge and expertise concerning law helps in the evidence analysis and an ample time to come up with the best defense.
• Request for a DMV Hearing.
After you have gone through the breath test or you refuse to take the test, the next step is to arrest you. The police might take your driver’s license away with immediate effect. This is where you contact the DMV within one week of the offense requesting for a hearing. By so doing, the DMV will issue to you a temporary driving permit that goes for two months or until the hearing day. Say you go for a blood test, the DMV by the means of mail will notify you of your results, at this point you may request for hearing.
• Write down Everything.
The DUI cases usually are won or lost as a result of the details of the DUI arrest. It is helpful to put in writing every possible event that took place at that moment. These events include the test information, conversation description, everything else you can recall.
• Police Report.
The police will always prepare a written report after a DUI arrest. This report will help in the additional information to the ones that you had and you will be saving yourself from the $20,000 fine.
This in mind, not every police writes the actual information, they might choose to omit some or be biased. Your attorney will obtain them for you.
• Consider Reviewing Your Options.
It is the job of your defense attorney to explain to you about your options. Depending on the nature of your case, the options include: advice you to take the trials or a negotiation on a plea deal and that would be with the prosecutor before court appearance.
The most important step to take after you’ve been charged with a DUI is to speak with a lawyer. They will walk you through the steps. All in all be safe and don’t drive under the influence.