Most people are not arrested every day, or even once in their lifetime. So if it happens, it is only natural to be confused and wonder what to do in order to have a good outcome to your case. If your case is a DUI there are a few things to consider, so you can continue to drive and keep harmful information off of your criminal record. One of those things is to make an immediate request that the suspension of your driver’s license (that happens when you are arrested for DUI), be reviewed. First time offenders are likely to be granted a provisional license, which is a limited right to drive. The provisional license will let you drive to and from school, work, Church, doctor’s appointments, and to Court. It will be important for you to have the continued ability to live your life without interruption to your schedule, so asking for a review within the first ten days of DUI arrest is a must. If you do not, you will not be given this limited license.
Three other ways you can harm your DUI defense are to:
- Assume you cannot win your case: while not every case will end up being dismissed, there are plenty of other outcomes that are short of a guilty conviction. You can challenge the breath test results, and if successful you may be able to have the charges reduced.
- Drive while your license is suspended: this is a crime in and of itself, and will also get you in big trouble during your DUI case because if you agree to go on probation to resolve your DUI, driving without the right to do so is also a violation of probation. This spells trouble any way you look at it, and can be avoided by simply finding alternative forms of transportation.
- Trying to talk your way out of a DUI: if you try to convince the officer you have not been drinking and that you should be free to go, chances are the officer is going to push even harder for a conviction. Remember, you do have the right to remain silent and if your words will only incriminate you, it is better to keep quiet than to try and talk your way out of a ticket.
DUI’s are serious business and can have serious consequences, but they can also be successfully defended and those consequences minimized. If you have been arrested for DUI, act fast by calling us for help. We will fight hard to maintain your right to drive, and will also aggressively defend the criminal charges against you.
For questions about DUI cases, call us to schedule an appointment. Let one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you with your case. Your first visit with us is a free initial consultation.