If you drink and drive, you could face serious consequences. If convicted of DUI, these penalties can affect your finances, your reputation and your ability to obtain and maintain professional employment.
For example, according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, a first-time DUI offense could result in up to one year of jail time, the loss of your license for a year, the requirement to pay a fine of up to $1,000 and the requirement to perform community service. To protect your interests after the initial arrest, take the following steps.
Record what happened from your viewpoint
When you get released from jail, write down what happened right before and during the DUI arrest from your viewpoint. Include as much detail as possible, and keep this document in a safe place where you can access it easily during the coming days.
Most likely, you were with other people before the DUI arrest occurred. Make a list of any people who you were with before the DUI arrest, whether at a bar, restaurant or at a friend’s house. These witnesses may be able to provide helpful evidence as you put together your case.
Prepare for court
Following your DUI arrest, you may need to show up in court for an initial hearing. Do not forget to show up for this court date and come prepared and ready to defend your interests.
While you wait for your case to resolve, avoid any other situations where you could get into trouble with the law. It will likely be simpler to defend yourself in the coming days if you do not have other criminal cases under review.