When you are arrested for a DUI there are certainly a lot of things to worry about, especially if it was your first offense. Nowadays, DUI offenses are on the rise and many people and politicians are asking for more strict action to be taken on those who are arrested for this offense. You might be wondering what to do when you are arrested and how you can get this problem over with. Below are some things that you should know about DUI Charges:
1. How should I plead? Contrary to what you think or believe, being arrested for a DUI offense is very serious business. The best thing you can do for yourself is to plead not guilty to the charges. If you are convicted, you could face jail time, paying hefty fines, losing your license and license plates, you might also have to forfeit your vehicle. The worst part is, you would have to buy a different kind of insurance. This insurance is for those convicted of DUIs and will cost more than double of what you are currently paying. You must also remember not to talk to any police officers, insurance investigators, friends or family members with regards to the charges as anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law.
2. Do I need a DUI Lawyer? Of course you do! Since this is a serious offense, without serious consequences, you should hire a lawyer to represent you. Even if this is your offense, do not take the risk thinking you can represent yourself. A lawyer who specializes in DUI cases will have more experience and will able to achieve more than you can, so yes, it is essential for you to get a lawyer before going to court. If you have to go to court without a lawyer, ask the judge for a continuance and this would be granted to you. Use this time to quickly search for a lawyer. You might only get one continuance, so use it wisely. If you have to go to court without a lawyer, do not speak to any about the circumstances surrounding your case. Do not make any statements about your arrest and do not speak to the prosecutor in an attempt to negotiate the case for yourself. Remember, anything you say can be used against you so it is best for you to keep quiet until you get a lawyer. Getting a lawyer will help you as the lawyer will know what laws to use and what conditions about your case that could get the charges against you dismissed.
3. How much will a lawyer cost? Well, how much is your freedom worth to you? Spending money on your lawyer would be money well spent if it means that you do not have to go to jail. There is no specific amount as each case is different from the next.
Since you got yourself into this mess, you will need to get yourself out. This entire process can be very stressful at times, but if you really want to get the charges dropped then you have no choice and you have to keep moving forward. Just remember, next time, do not drive under the influence.