Getting arrested and charged with DUI may lead to months, even years of personal, financial, and professional stress. A conviction could result in loss of license, extensive fines, and a criminal record. While a DUI charge can have lasting consequences, it is important to be proactive from the outset so that you can move one with minimal impact. If you have already taken the first step of consulting with an experienced advocate to protect your rights in the criminal process, you can focus on moving forward after a DUI.
DUI penalties can start the night you are arrested and follow you for years. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys understand the stress and burden of a DUI charge and conviction. While our priority is minimizing penalties and defending against a DUI conviction, we are also focused on helping our clients navigate the post-conviction process. We are experienced in alternative sentencing options and can help first-time or repeat offenders reduce penalties and get back on their feet after a DUI charge.
When facing DUI charges, keep in mind that you may be slapped with a hefty fine and your driving privileges may have already been restricted. A conviction may result in a suspended license or be driving with an interlock ignition device. You could also be facing higher insurance premiums and jail time. Regardless of the stiff penalties you have endured or are facing, you should avoid “giving up” or panicking. Knowing your rights can help you pick up the pieces and move forward after a DUI arrest.
Here are some steps to help you move forward after a DUI charge:
Take down notes and details. You should write down everything you remember about the night of your DUI arrest. How many drinks did you have? Who were you with? What were the circumstances of your arrest? The information you can provide about the facts of your arrest can help your DUI attorney build your defense and mitigate charges and penalties.
Consult with attorney. You should have an attorney present during questioning and as soon as possible after your DUI arrest. An attorney can inform you of your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system with minimal charges and penalties.
Request DMV administrative hearing. Your license will automatically be suspended after a DUI. An experienced advocate can request a hearing on your behalf to protect your driving privileges before and after sentencing.
Don’t assume over .08% means “guilty.” There are many factors that a court and jury must consider before handing down a “guilty” verdict. Remember that even if you blew over the legal limit, all of the evidence in your case should be reviewed and challenged.
Remember you are innocent until proven guilty. You have every right to challenge the evidence presented against you, including breathalyzer results, witness statements, or other law enforcement records. An experienced advocate can review your case and explore every available defense.