Receiving a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is not the end of the world but you must suffer the consequences for what you have done. Here are a few tips when you get a DUI.
1. Be honest – the old adage of “honesty is the best policy” is definitely true when receiving a DUI. Be honest with the courts, your lawyer, and friends and family. Not being honest will only make you look bad and if caught by the courts the consequences can be bad. Admit what you have done and state your remorse. Do not give excuses as that is definitely not what the court wants to hear. Being honest is defiantly the best policy when receiving a DUI.
2. Make your court date – You must sure to be in court at the appointed time. By missing your date, no matter the reason, a warrant will be issued for your arrest and this can only add to the penalty phase of your action. Predominately, unless there are extenuating circumstances, you will not see jail time. But by not showing up to your court date you can be sure to see some time behind bars.
3. Pay your fines on time – Much like not showing up to court a warrant for your arrest will be issued if you fail to pay the fine on time. Receiving a DUI in not inexpensive but the courts will work with you setting up monthly payment options. Do not make late payments or miss them altogether because no matter the reason a warrant will be issued and you will go to jail.
4. Learn your lesson – By this it means do not drink and drive again. If you do not learn your lesson and get caught doing it again the penalty is much greater in terms of monetary payments, license restrictions, more costly insurance, and probable jail time. Also with repeat offenders the judge will not be as lenient because judges are people too and they know that people make mistakes. But by repeating the mistake the judge will not see it as a one time offence and therefore not be as lenient when it comes to sentencing you.
5. Attend the classes – When receiving a DUI you must attend classes to get your driver’s licence back. By being diligent going to classes it will look good in the eyes of the court as well as getting your licence back more quickly.
The issue of retaining legal help for your case is different in every case. If it is a cut and dry DUI case a lawyer will not help much and it will be costly to retain them. If your case has extenuating circumstances than a lawyer could help as they are experts in that field. A consultation with a lawyer is a good idea whether you retain one or not as they will give sound advice on what to do. If cost is not an option retaining a lawyer might be in your best interest as sometimes they can help you with your case.