I Got a DUI; What Should I Do?
So you got busted for a DUI and you are freaking out about what you should do. The first thing you should do is call an attorney. Let’s face it, getting pulled over for a DUI these days is not only a dumb move with Uber and Lyft, it’s an expensive journey to embark on as well. Making a call ASAP to hire a DUI attorney could be the smartest thing you’ve ever done.
Depending on what state you’re in you’ll probably have to fork out close to $10,000 before it’s all said and done. You’ll most likely also have to attend classes, community service, and possibly have an ignition interlock put on your car. The ignition interlock to those of you who aren’t familiar with it is a device that you blow into before you start your car. The device detects any alcohol in your system, and it won’t allow your car to start if there is any alcohol when you blow it.
You have a daunting road ahead of you, however, if you hire the right attorney to handle your case you will fare much better in the end.
What should you look for in a DUI Lawyer? First, you should research over the internet about lawyers in or around the city you were arrested in. Then, you should get the names and numbers of at least three to five of them and make calls to set up appointments. You’ll want to have a meeting with each lawyer to get to know a little about them and see if you have a good rapport with them also.
Now it’s time to make a decision on which man or woman is the best fit for you and your situation.
DUI Attorney Checklist
- Do you feel comfortable with them?
Having good chemistry with your lawyer will go a long way in assuring the best result for you.
- Do they know the court or judge?
You’ll want to confirm that the lawyer has a history in the exact court your case will be heard in.
- Do they have a good track record?
It is also extremely important to make sure the lawyer you choose has a good track record within the court. This should guarantee you great results on whatever decision the prosecutor and judge decide to render you.
- How much do they cost?
You have to go into this situation knowing you will be shelling out a lot of cash. However, you don’t always need the most expensive attorney to attain a great result in court. So chose wisely here. Again this will depend on what state you’re in and the size of your case. Things like how much alcohol you had on your breath? Was this your first offense? Did you cause an accident, and so on. These will determine how much the DUI attorney will need to charge you for their representation.
Remember, simply being proactive in your current situation will make a huge difference in the next two years of your life following a DUI arrest.