It is never a good day for anyone to be arrested for a DUI in any state, yet it does happen- and when it does, being ready to handle the next steps is one of the best things that you can do to get your life back on track.
Depending upon your condition, if you are put into lockup, it may be a very good time to contact a lawyer. Regardless of the circumstances, many DUI cases hinge upon what your own circumstances are, or what occurred during the arrest and its aftermath. If you are not legally intoxicated, having your lawyer present from the beginning can only help you to clearly establish a sequence of events right after it occurred.
Once you are back at home, it is helpful to start looking forward to what you will need to do to regain your driver’s license.
In many cases, such as California, the officer will take your driver’s license and you will not be able to get it back until the DMV has finished processing the police report and you have served your suspension. You can expect that you should be able to determine how long your license will be suspended for after a week or so.
One of the most important things to stress at this point is that each step that you take to rebuild will actually go more smoothly if you do sit down with your lawyer and have them take an active part in your plan. A good DUI lawyer knows the system inside and out and can help you understand the pros and cons every step of the way. The key point here is that your response to the situation can be shaped by a strategy that will optimize your results instead of being a fill in the blanks experience.
After you have made plans to work with the DMV in the future, there is still the matter of the DUI trial. Preparing with a solid lawyer should help you present yourself to the court in a fashion that will maximize your opportunity to make a good impression. In addition, if you want to tell your side of the story, which many people do, the impact of your testimony will be stronger if you have had time to prepare it with a professional.