Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is very serious. Whether it is your first arrest for this offense or if you have already been arrested for DUI before, you probably feel scared and overwhelmed. However, there are five steps you should take after being arrested for and charged with this crime.
Find a Good DUI Attorney
After a DUI arrest, you should never settle for just any general defense attorney. Instead, you should find a good DUI lawyer who is experienced and reputable. Often, the laws surrounding DUI are complex and warrant a high level of expertise to go through a case. Although any lawyer can represent you in court, only one who is specialized in the area of DUI can get you the best possible outcome in your favor in your case.
Take a Chemical Test
In most states, a chemical test is required if you are arrested for a DUI. You can receive severe penalties if you refuse to take it. The test is meant to show certain information, including your current blood alcohol concentration (BAC). When you take the chemical test, the police can determine your BAC at the time of your arrest by deducting the number from after the test from what it was when you took a breathalyzer test at the scene.
Find a Bail Bondsman
After your arrest, you will have to post your bail. If this is the case in your situation, you must find a bail bondsman immediately to secure your release. Bondsmen require an upfront fee and will then post your bail after it’s paid. Although it might be pricey, it’s a better option than paying your bail to the court and ensures that you will be able to attend your hearings.
Request a DMV Hearing
The next step you should take is to request a hearing with the DMV. After you are arrested for a DUI, you only have up to 10 days, including weekends and holidays, to make the request. When a hearing is set, it’s to determine whether or not you will be allowed to keep your driver’s license. It’s important to note that if you or your lawyer don’t request a hearing, your license is automatically suspended.
Prepare for Arraignment
Arraignment is the part of a trial where the defendant enters a plea. You should not plead guilty, which is what your DUI defense attorney would tell you. If you plead not guilty, you have a chance to get a jury trial and the possibility of being able to plead to a lesser offense, such as wet reckless depending on the laws in your state.
These are essential steps to take after being charged with a DUI. Always follow the expert advice from your attorney and things should go more in your favor in your case.