Every second counts when the police arrest you for driving under the influence in Florida. If you make one mistake, you may have to deal with personal or legal consequences later. Try to remain calm, and avoid acting on impulse during the arrest process.
What happens after you get a DUI?
After you are charged with a DUI, the police officer will drive you back to the station. A towing company will impound your vehicle and send you the bill. To get your car back, you’ll have to call the towing company and arrange for someone to pick up your car and pay the towing costs. Otherwise, the company will impound your car indefinitely.
If this is your first time being arrested, an officer will fingerprint you and take your mug shot. At some point, he or she will give you the chance to call your attorney. Get in touch with your attorney as soon as possible to avoid making any legal missteps during the questioning process. The police may question you about the incident, so it’s important to have an attorney present.
Afterward, the police will either send you to jail or release you on bond. You’ll have to contact someone to pay the bond money and pick you up at the police station. Later, you may be required to appear in court for the sentencing process. Make sure your attorney accompanies you on your court date. The judge may order you to pay fines, take a drunk driving class, go to rehab, perform community service or spend time in jail. You can expect more serious punishments if you have multiple DUI charges on your record.
When should you call your attorney?
You may not be able to call an attorney for several hours after the arrest. When you get the chance, call your lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t worry about “bothering” him or her or catching him or her at a bad time. If you don’t have an attorney, you could accidentally incriminate yourself or get aggressive with the officers. Your lawyer may help you make a good first impression in court and deal with the charges as civilly as possible.