It is a scary time, the time in-between your arrest for your DUI and awaiting the trial. There are many things you need to do to ensure that you are given a fair trial. If this is your first time with a DUI and or dealing with the legal system, you may feel very confused and not sure what to do. This article will help uncover the mystery of the legal system and give you some pointers on what you can be doing to prepare yourself for the upcoming trial. The crucial thing here is to find a lawyer that will represent you. The legal system can be messy, this is why you need to find someone experienced in DUI and will fight for you and your rights.
You have already been arrested, so there are some things you can do to help show the courts that you have a willingness to change your behavior. This is key as the courts are more likely to forgive someone who has admitted their faults and working to change them. You will want to speak with your attorney about this, keep in mind just because you have been arrested for a DUI does not automatically classify you as an alcoholic. Maybe this was a rare thing for you, or perhaps this is common for you, just happens to the first time you were caught. Prior to your trial, and after talking with your lawyer, you may want to go through an alcohol and drug assessment test. Doing so voluntarily will once again show the courts that you do have a desire to make sure this never happens again. If after going through the assessments it has been determined that you may have a problem with alcohol or drugs, be prudent and start attending classes.
Another important thing here is to take care of any outstanding driving violation you may have. These may be as simple as unpaid parking tickets. Be honest with your attorney, they will find out anyway, about your driving history and make sure to resolve any outstanding fines you may have. Just as your driving record is important so if the history of your DWI convictions’. If this is your first time, chances are you will be lucky and receive the minimum fines. If you are convicted chances are you will lose your license, but probably will not be facing any jail time. If you do have prior convictions, the story changes. Each state is different and the laws will vary, this is why it is crucial to have an experienced attorney at your side.
The legal system is not free, so having money will also be crucial for you. It will cost you to have an experienced lawyer, as well as court fees, and many other possible monetary aspects. While you may be thinking you can’t afford this, at the same time you cannot afford not to have a lawyer. The only person who can help you after a DUI arrest is an attorney. They will work hard to ensure you are given a fair and fighting chance.