What to do if you were arrested for a DUI or DWI

After being arrested for a DUI or DWI, figuring out next steps can be daunting. If convicted, individuals could face fines, jail time and temporary or permanent suspension of their driver’s license. If you are not a United States citizen, a DUI or DWI may carry adverse Immigration consequences which could lead to revocation of green card and detention by ICE. It is highly recommended that you follow a few best practices on your end during the days after your arrest, as well as hiring an attorney. Your case mostly depends on the facts of your situation to determine the outcome, and an attorney will know which facts will strengthen your case. You can prepare for your case by taking several critical steps.

Record Keeping

In any legal case, it is very important to put as much in writing as possible. After your arrest, write down everything that happened surrounding your driving. Think about relevant facts such as how many drinks you had, what you had been drinking, where you were coming from, where you were driving to and why. Be thorough and specific so that your attorney has a solid understanding of your situation. One of the other records that will be available for your case that your attorney will want to look at is your BAC number if you were chemically tested upon arrest. There may also be speed information available from any witnesses. All of these numbers and facts are going to add up to a portrayal of the event, and you will want to do your best to gather facts in your favor.

DMV Hearing

Perhaps the most critical step after being arrested for a DUI or DWI is requesting a hearing. This hearing determines whether you are allowed to keep your driver’s license, and if it is not requested within ten days, your license may be suspended.

Hire an Attorney if Arrested for a DUI or DWI

It is difficult to sift through the facts to find which ones weaken the circumstances against you, especially when the charges are sensitive and the stakes are high. Work alongside an attorney to pull together the facts to help you tell your version of the truth. Proving lack of drunkenness or finding a weakness in the case in another way will require an expert attorney who knows this area of law well to be on your side. Consult with an experienced attorney like those of the Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence today.

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