What to do next if arrested for DUI
1. Stop. Take a deep breath. If you've been arrested for DUI or drunk driving, you're probably in shock—shaken, frightened, ashamed, and humiliated. But take heart. Others have been in your situation (and worse) and survived with their lives, careers, and families intact. Many expected to lose their freedom and driver's licenses, but didn't. So take a deep breath. Relax. There is hope, even if you can't see it now.
2. Find an experienced DUI attorney. Ask friends and colleagues for DUI lawyer referrals. Research DUI attorneys on the internet. Call your top 2 or 3 choices and set up an, in-person, consultation. Ask them how familiar they are with the local court of your case, and if they know the prosecutors. Ask them how often they take their DUI cases to trial? Do they also handle DMV and drivers license issues?
3. Request a DMV Hearing. At the time of arrest, the officer confiscated your driver's license, and gave you a (Pink) Temporary License/Order of Suspension. The Temporary License expires in 30 days—along with your ability to drive—unless you take immediate action within 10 days. An experienced DUI lawyer will quickly contact the CA Department of Motor Vehicles to request a DMV hearing to defend your driving privileges. In many cases your attorney can help you keep your right to drive.
4. Follow your attorney's advice. If you have followed the steps above and hired an experienced DUI lawyer who has handled similar DUI cases within your specific county court jurisdiction, you can now relax and let them do their job. They'll tell you what they need from you. They know the process and will do what is necessary to ensure your best day in court.
If you are interested in getting help for your DUI, contact attorney Terry A. Wapner. In over 26 years, he is Fresno's most experienced and effective DUI defense attorney. Call now for a consultation.