Drinking and driving is never a good choice. Unfortunately, we all make mistakes from time to time. In order to protect yourself if you are charged with a DUI, here are some important things you should know:
Are You Guilty? The best approach to take if you are guilty of the DUI charge is to own up to your mistake and do what you can to address your issues. Voluntarily agree to Alcoholics Anonymous or a counseling program. It’s a good idea, however, consult with an attorney first. Some courts may prefer certain rehabilitative programs over others. Talking with a local DUI attorney can help you get into the program if there is a preferred one. Once you do begin the rehabilitation process, take it seriously and commit to cleaning up your act. This shows you are taking positive strides towards making better decisions.
What If I’m Not Guilty? If you aren’t guilty of driving under the influence, begin working your defense as quickly possible. For instance, if you performed a field sobriety test that was evidence for your charge, there is probably a video of it. However, many times videos are only kept for 90 days. Contact the law enforcement agency to request your video be preserved. Also, hire a DUI attorney who can assist in the case. The two of you will be able to work together to decide on the best trial strategy.
The Evidence Should you decide to fight the DUI charge, you should begin gathering evidence from the scene rather quickly. The best way to do this is by hiring an attorney. They can help you find a reputable professional who can assist in preserving the evidence to prove you are innocent or to prove that the charges you received were too severe. For instance, if you were involved in an accident and there was evidence of drinking, law enforcement officer will more than likely assume you were intoxicated, which caused the accident. However, a diagram of the scene, skid mark measurements, and other evidence can prove you were not at fault. Getting this evidence shortly after the accident is crucial, otherwise you are likely to lose the information you need to prove your side.
Guilty or not, contact us so we can help you make the best choices for your future.