A DUI can quickly change your life. It's not just the fines or court dates that affect you, it's also the stigma of having a DUI on your record. You may find it harder to get a job or be unable to get the loans you need for school. You might struggle with social relationships, especially if your friends or family have been negatively affected by DUIs in the past.
As someone who is dealing with the impact of a DUI, it's in your best interests to work quickly to develop a strong defense against the allegations. It's possible to defend yourself and avoid a conviction in some instances. In other cases, it's possible to seek alternative penalties, so that you don't lose your license or may not end up with a DUI on your record.
What should you do when you're accused of a DUI?
The first thing to do is to reach out to your attorney. You shouldn't admit to drinking or to being drunk. Ask for your attorney, and wait to talk to the police until your attorney is present. You may need to take the Breathalyzer test when it's requested, though, or you will automatically lose your license for a period of time.
Your attorney will help you develop a strong defense against the charges, making sure that you're treated fairly throughout the case. Our website has more on DUIs and what you can do to protect yourself against an unfair bias and poor treatment during an arrest, during a case and if there is a conviction.