Dealing With Your First DUI

Last night may have started out well, having a little fun, but before you knew it, you were facing your first DUI charge.Now it’s the morning after and it’s time to take control and see what your options are. These charges are more common than you think and while it’s perfectly normal to get upset and think your life is over, nothing could be further from the truth.

By staying rational and getting everything you are going to need in order, you may be able to successfully fight your DUI, or at the very least, mitigate the consequences.

Let’s take a look at the steps you need to take.

Don’t Panic

It’s usually the first reaction when you find out you are going to be charged with a DUI. All you can think of is potentially losing your license, paying hefty fines and having a black mark on your driving record. Panicking is not going to help you in this situation. It’s time to take a deep breath and start putting your case together.

Justice may be blind, but it is also fair and impartial. Everyone makes mistakes and DUI’s happen every day. You are not a bad person. The key is taking a pro-active role and making sure that you have the right representation to defend yourself.

Start Collecting Evidence

The first step in being proactive is to catalog everything that happened the night of your arrest, leading up to the time

you were pulled over. Do you remember exactly how much you had to drink? Do you have any friends who are willing to be character witnesses? An important part of your defense will be showing that this is an isolated incident. The more people you have willing to state that you are a great citizen who made a mistake, the greater your chances are of mitigating your sentence.

Wrongful DUI’s are a lot more common than you think. In some cases, police departments don’t follow the right procedure and you may not even be guilty of a DUI. It pays to do a little legwork, with the help of your attorney, to start building the case that will support you.

Hire a Proven DUI Attorney

DUI cases are a specialized area of the law. Even if you have a family attorney who has always handled your legal cases, in this instance, you need to be represented by an attorney with years of case experience. They are going to know exactly what needs to be done to build your case and you can be assured that you are going to get a fair trial.

Working with a qualified DUI attorney greatly increases your chances of keeping your license and will help you feel calmer throughout the entire process. It also helps to work with one in your local area. They are going to know how your local police department works and they may have insight into helping you fight technicalities that may come up.

The entire key to your success is a great lawyer. If you don’t feel that you can afford proper representation, there are several resources available to assist you. Most lawyers are also willing to work out a payment plan to further assist you in getting proper representation. At the end of the day, the money you invest in hiring a DUI lawyer is going to come back and help you in many different ways. In this instance, it’s much better to spend a little more and not have to worry about facing consequences that are much more painful.

You have options and it’s not a guarantee that you are going to lose your license. By taking the right steps, you can successfully fight a DUI charge.

About the Author:

Mr. Burns has served clients in Florida and Alabama for more than 30 years and brings a wealth of experience and legal savvy to your side when you need a staunch supporter and smart legal representation.