The moment that you are stopped on suspicion of DUI, every action you take and every word you speak may incriminate you. Even if you are arrested, you are not guilty of a crime until a court of law declares you to be guilty, so you must proceed in the best way to defend your innocence at this time.
THINGS TO EXPECT AFTER AN ARREST
There are some things that you should do following a DUI arrest that can help your attorney reduce or eliminate your charges in court. Some actions should be taken immediately after entering custody, and others involve being present and aware to ensure the progression of your case.
After a DUI arrest, you should:
- Invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent to avoid incriminating yourself to law enforcement
- Cooperate with law enforcement as much as needed
- Contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer to represent you in a court of law and do not answer any questions until they are present
- Post bail to get out of jail, either by paying yourself or by using a bail bondsman
- Discuss the details of your case with your hired attorney and make sure they know everything to help build a solid defense
- Attend a summary suspension hearing to determine the length of time your license will be suspended
- Go to your arraignment to learn of your charges 30 and 60 days after the arrest
- Find out the details of the pretrial conference and suppression hearing
- Go to trial between 120 and 160 days following your arrest and stand before a jury
- Complete the sentencing imposed by the court
Many of the steps that are involved in a DUI arrest involve the presence of a skilled defense attorney. This is an important part of any DUI arrest. Our firm offers aggressive and experienced guidance to help our clients fight their DUI charges.