Getting Help After Your DUI Arrest
Accused of driving under the influence (DUI)? Drunk driving will often land you into trouble with the authorities. Nevertheless, you should understand that driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances is considered a serious offense. However, it does not mean that you can’t find a way to get out of the trouble you have gotten yourself into. The best thing for you to do is to find a DUI attorney who clearly understands your State’s court system, its prosecutors, and is competent enough to defend you effectively before the judge or jury.
You should know when to consult your attorney. When facing drunk-driving charges, police may even impound the vehicle, and take away your driving rights. You not only lose your driver’s license, but may also pay heavy fines, or even land in jail. When police pull you over and charge you with DUI, this is the right time to consult your attorney, as there are only 10 days within which you can be able to request a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) hearing if you want to protect your license and continue driving. However, one thing you need to understand is that this administrative procedure is very much separate from the criminal justice proceeding, which you will also have to go through. As such, you need to consult your attorney immediately you have been arrested for such charges; waiting may only do more damage than good.
Consulting your attorney is the first important step in defending yourself against the charges brought against you. If you delay, it means that you are increasing the risk that witnesses may not be in a position to remember what happened (over time), or that evidence will become unusable or lost. Therefore, do not delay; it will only make your case harder to defend.
Once you have hired your attorney, you should not do any of the following:
· Reveal details of the case to anyone
· Offer more information to the authorities than necessary while in custody
· Misbehaving or failing to cooperate during arrest
· Hiding some details of the incident from your attorney or lying to the lawyer
· Forgetting scheduled court dates, appointments, and meetings
While nothing can absolutely guarantee the success of your defense, you are only reducing the chances of success by doing any or a combination of the above listed. Instead, constantly communicate to your lawyers to create professional relationships and get them to know more about your case.
As soon as you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances considered illegal by your state or federal authority – thus declaring you unfit to drive – consult The Clark Law Office – East Lansing DUI attorneys immediately. Depending on your state, this crime may be known by various names: DWI (driving while intoxicated), OWI (operating while intoxicated) or OUI (operating under the influence). Regardless of how it is called, driving under the influence may lead to serious consequences if convicted, including losing your driving rights or privileges. Therefore, do not wait for too long before seeking professional advice from your attorney to get the charges reduced, or dropped. Experienced attorneys, depending on the circumstance surrounding your case and your history, may be in a position to negotiate for lesser penalties if consulted in time.