Being slapped with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge is not something anyone wants to experience. But we know that things can happen. And if you do wonder what to do when you get a DUI, do not worry – we have prepared this quick guide so you know exactly what to do!
What to Do When You Get A DUI: A Quick & Easy Guide
As frightening as this situation may be, it is not the end of the world. There are steps you can take to bail yourself out. Keep these in mind if the situation ever happens to you:
1. Take a Chemical (Breathalizer) Test
Most states require you to take the chemical test if a police officer has stopped you and suspects you of driving under the influence. If you refuse then you may be punished by the law for doing so. If you have a low amount of alcohol in your blood, you could be let go.
2. There Are DUI attorneys
And they are the only attorneys whom you should contact after a DUI arrest. They are your best bet for getting a lighter sentence or being acquitted altogether.
3. Don’t Forget About a DMV Hearing
After your arrest, whether you are allowed or not to keep your driver’s license will be called into question. As a result, you want to request a DMV hearing. Usually, you have 10 calendar days after your arrest to make an appointment. Failure to request a hearing will almost certainly have your license revoked.
4. Know the Consequences
It is best to be aware of all the consequences that may happen if you are found guilty. These include:
- Initial Jail Time: depending on your state, you may immediately have to serve jail time after being arrested – even before your day in court. Often these are short sentences, and often you can leave if someone bails you out or if you sober up quickly. Educate yourself on the rules of your state.
- High-cost insurance: In some states, you may have to buy SR-22 auto insurance, which is at a higher cost than your regular auto insurance.
- Alcoholic’s Rehab: you may be required to frequently meet with a counselor who asks you about your alcohol consumption. You may even have to take driving school lessons.
- Longer Jail Time: if there are aggravating circumstances regarding your DUI you may have an extended jail sentence. If this is a repeat offense and you are found guilty, it is likely you will serve a longer sentence.
5. Give Us a Call
Finally, if you do have the misfortune of being arrested, you will want to bail yourself out before your day in court. This is where we come in. You can reach out to us with your issue and we will post bail for you. We will provide you with details on how and by when to pay your bail bonds back. Do not take this lightly, as judges can post a high bail.
Now you know what to do when you get a DUI. As always, the best advice is to drive responsibly and not consume alcohol in excess before driving.
But if you do find yourself on the wrong side of the law, we are here to make sure you are freed and prepared for your day in court.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call!