No one expects to experience a DUI arrest—until it happens. A drunk driving charge is a serious offense that is associated with a wide variety of penalties. It is imperative to understand that the actions you take immediately after your arrest could be the difference between getting your case dismissed or spending time behind bars.
The following are the most common mistakes you should avoid:
- Not hire a criminal defense lawyer – Whether it is your first time or your fifth time, getting charged with drunk driving is a frightening experience because of the penalties your face and your lack of understanding the laws. An experienced attorney can help you navigate through the complexities of the administration and criminal process, as well as help you steer clear of making any mistakes that could harm your defense.
- Assume guilt – Just because you got arrested doesn’t mean that you are guilty of DUI. When it comes to being charged with a crime, you are innocent until you are proven guilty. Let your attorney determine all of your available legal options to either get your entire case dismissed or your charges significantly reduced through a plea bargain.
- Fail to comprehend the seriousness of the crime – Some people simply ignore the fact that they committed a crime—in hopes that the charge will disappear. Unfortunately, that’s not how life works. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, fines, license suspension, and even DUI school.
- Talk – Many people feel like they can “talk their way out” of a DUI by telling “their side of the story.” However, speaking with the police or prosecutor without a lawyer present can result in substantial damage to your case. Remember, anything you say can and will be used against you, so enforce your right to remain silent until you can speak with your attorney.
- Fail to restore driving privileges – A DUI arrest can result in automatic suspension of your license. You only have 10 business days to request an administrative hearing if you wish to challenge the revocation of your driver’s license. If you fail to request a hearing within the appropriate time frame, your driving privileges will remain suspended.
- Drive with a suspended license – Unfortunately, some people risk arrest by driving without a license. If you get caught, especially after being charged with a DUI, it can result in increased jail time and fines.
As soon as you have been arrested, you must retain legal representation from a skilled lawyer right away. At The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A., our Seminole County DUI lawyer can protect your rights, reputation, and future.
For more information, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.