Have you been charged with a DUI? Right now, is a critical time to understand what to expect next, and to create a plan to get through it.
Once you are charged with a DUI, you’ll realize that the process of getting through it is not built for your success and is very difficult to manage with a lot of potential for confusion. You will want to proactively prepare for what’s to come and not just be reactive to what’s happening.
Here is a list of things you should do immediately after being arrested for a DUI.
- Write down everything – As soon as you can, the first thing you should do is notate the entire ticket and arrest process you just went through while its fresh in your head. Do this step by step and start the notation from the time you first entered the vehicle not just once the officer stopped you. Notate every exchange you made with anyone during the process and do your best to put a timeline to it all. Doing this will play a large part in your defense strategy and working with your lawyer.
- Review – Read everything the arresting officer gave you in detail, especially the fine print!
- Find a DUI Lawyer – Use the MyDUISolution.com Marketplace to search, compare, and consult with DUI lawyers in your area and read our blog “What to look for in a DUI Lawyer”. Take into serious consideration hiring a lawyer. Without one, there is very little chance of dismissal or lessening of charges. At a minimum, you should consult with a few and see what their position is on your situation.
- Request a hearing with the MVD Administrative Court – Depending on your state, you should request a hearing with the MVD Administrative Court within 7 days of receiving your ticket to help avoid losing your license before you’re convicted. When it comes to driving privileges and a DUI charge, you are guilty until proven innocent. Being proactive in regard to your driver’s license and other aspects of your DUI can really help with the headaches headed your way. For more about losing your driver’s license, read our blog, “Do I Lose My License Immediately After a DUI?”
- Secure Financing – Even if you think you have enough funds to cover your DUI, know this, DUIs are always more expensive than you predict. Also note that lenders prefer to lend to people with money, if you spend your planned fund before securing financing it will be harder to get lending. Furthermore, there is always the chance of losing your income during this whole situation making it nearly impossible to gain financing. Take it from us, get your finances secured early on. Use MyDUISolution.com to search, compare and consult with lenders for all financial situations.
Here is a list of common penalties associated with 1st Offense DUI convictions
- Jail Time – With 1st-time DUIs, most states require you to go to jail for 1 to 10 days.
- Probation – Many states require unsupervised probation for 1st offense DUI.
- Fines and Fees – You must pay all fines and fees accessed by the court and MVD.
- Community Service – Often community service hours are assigned as a penalty with your DUI.
- Behavioral Screening, Counseling, and Treatment – In most cases, you must visit a certified professional who can assess addiction to alcohol, assign needed hours of counseling and administer those counseling hours.
- DUI or Traffic School – In most cases, you must pay for and attend some form of DUI classes to learn prevention techniques for driving under the influence in the future.
- Ignition Interlock – More States are adopting Ignition Interlock for 1st time DUIs, it is likely this will be required for you to install in your vehicle.
Getting a DUI for the first time can be disarming and scary. Given the seriousness of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the consequences associated with DUI charges and arrests can be severe. Get a clear understanding of your case, be proactive and reach out to the MyDUISolution team with any questions.