After a DUI Arrest
Common Mistakes After a Drunk Driving Arrest
If you’re arrested for DUI, you’ve already got your hands full. Do not make things worse for yourself by making costly mistakes. Below are some big errors to avoid.
- Taking the Matter Lightly
A DUI charge can follow you around for seven years, or ten years, or forever. It can result in license suspension, revocation, or restriction as well as increased auto insurance premiums. And that’s just for starters.
- Not Hiring a Lawyer
Legal procedures can be confusing, cases have many related deadlines, and particulars of DUI law and how they apply to your case are complex. You should have nothing less than a professional who has experience in such matters even if your case appears to be an easy win for you. Only experienced attorneys can defend against the tricks that sly prosecutors can use to turn your winning case into a loser.
- Choosing a DUI Lawyer by their Price Tag
A lawyer will exercise much skill and time in mounting your defense. The less you pay, the less time and skill you’ll get defending what is already a serious charge. Don’t skimp or else you might end up getting what you paid for: bad representation.
- Not Requesting a DMV Hearing for a Temporary License
Skipping this step means you will be subject to whatever arbitrary suspension the DMV subjects you to. A request for a hearing may allow you to retain driving privileges.
- Driving After License Revocation
License revocation equals no driving privileges. An arrest for this crime can result in a huge bond. A conviction has you facing jail time.
- Not Asking the Arresting Officer to Show Up to Your DMV Hearing
If the officer isn’t there, then the DMV only has his written report to go on. If he testifies in person, inconsistencies or other information may arise that could lead to a temporary license issued to you. And your attorney will gain key information for his defense of you in court.
- Accepting the Prosecution’s First Offer
As with buying a car, the first offer is usually not very good. The District Attorney wants to get rid of your case quickly and will take advantage of you if you are desperate or ignorant.
- Not Appearing in Court
Failure to appear results in an instant bench warrant for your arrest, which will occur the next time you are pulled over, even for the slightest infraction.
- Discussing Your Case
Don’t blab anything to anyone about it. If the D.A. finds out, he could figure out a way to use that information against you in court.