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What to Do When You Get a DUI - Carol Evenson - Blog

What to Do When You Get a DUI

Many people every year find themselves dealing with an arrest for a DUI. However, just because this may be a common occurrence, doesn't mean that it isn't also stressful as well. This can be especially true if you've never dealt with anything like this before, and aren't sure what your next steps should be. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you find yourself facing a DUI charge. 

Find the Right Lawyer for You

When facing a DUI charge, you will need a lawyer, so it can be important to make sure you find the right Phoenix DUI Lawyer for you. While many lawyers may have some experience with DUI charges, getting one that has special experience with DUIs, as well as with helping those who are facing their first DUI can often make a difference. How your sentencing goes in this situation could have a big impact on your future, so making sure you have someone on your side who knows the ins and outs of DUI laws can be crucial. 

Write Everything Down

Sometimes, even before you seek out a lawyer, it can be beneficial to make sure that you have all of your information sorted out. Writing things down can help you do this. First, write down everything you can remember about the incident, from what time it happened, to where exactly you were when you were pulled over. After you have jotted down all the main details, take some time to think about other aspects of the arrest, especially if they stood out to you, or seemed odd. While it might seem like something small at the moment, all details can be important when it comes to a court case, and you never know what information could make a difference. 

Go Private

Once you have a lawyer and have recorded everything you can remember from the incident, your next step should often be setting all of your social media profiles to private. After you have been charged, the state is going to go through the process of building a case against you, and they will most likely use any information about you that they can get ahold of. Even if you don't think there is anything incriminating on any of your social media, it can be wise not to take that chance. By setting everything to private, you can give the state less information and less ammunition when they're building a case against you. 

Be Prepared

Once your lawyer has a court date for you, it is your job to be as prepared as possible, and to show up to court on time, presenting your best self. No matter how good of a lawyer you have, if you show up to court late, or unprepared, you can make a bad impression, and that could have a negative impact on your case. It can also be important to make sure that you show up dressed properly, and to make sure that you are respectful towards the judge in court. 

Don't Worry and Move On

Although it may not be easy to do, it can be in your best interest not to worry about the outcome too much while you are waiting. If you have taken all the correct steps, then the rest is out of your hands, and obsessing over what will happen won't benefit you. Additionally, when you do find out what your sentence is, doing what you can to be proactive can be the best move. If you find yourself facing a set back like losing your license, there can be much more to gain from dealing with the issue quickly and not wasting time in taking the steps to fix it. 

The Bottom Line

Getting a DUI is often not in anyone's life plans, and can be a stressful and confusing experience. That doesn't mean, though, that there's nothing you can do to help the situation.

By taking note of what happened, and calling the right lawyer, you can help to make sure you are taking the right steps, and can help to increase your odds of a more positive outcome. 


Publish Date: August 11, 2020 9:16 PM

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