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What to Do if you are Arrested for DUI

Updated on March 20, 2013

What to Do First if you are Arrested for DUI

If you are arrested for DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will probably be scared, confused and upset.  Everyone from Uncle Fred to the janitor at work will have advice for you and much of it will be conflicting.  So what should you do if you find yourself in this situation? 

First Things First

First Things First The very first thing you will want to do is to protect your driving privileges. The police officer took your driver’s license at the time of your arrest and in its place, you were given a piece of paper. That paper gives you driving privileges for a very limited amount of time, usually about 10 days, depending on which state you are in. At the end of that period, you will lose your driving privileges automatically. The only way to prevent that loss is to file for an administrative hearing with your department of motor vehicles. The paper given to you by the police officer should contain the necessary information you need to contact that department and make the request for a hearing.

Once you have scheduled the appointment for the hearing, your driving privileges will be extended until the hearing takes place. Like many other bureaucratic institutions, the DMV is often backlogged with cases, so it could be several months before your hearing is scheduled. In the mean time, you will be able to continue driving and have more time to form a survival plan for the period that your license will be suspended if you are convicted.

Drunk girl arrested for DUI

Prepare to Defend Yourself

Prepare to Defend Yourself After you have successfully scheduled your administrative hearing with the department of motor vehicles, you can turn your focus to avoiding conviction on the DUI charge. It is always a wise decision to hire an attorney experienced with DUI cases. They can help you make the best plan for your defense.

You will also want to learn as much as possible about the DUI laws in your state. There are many sources where you can find helpful information, including the library and the internet.

Try to Stay Calm

Although this may be the worst trouble you have ever had to deal with, worrying yourself sick will not do any good. If you have a lawyer you have confidence in, try to relax and maintain your life as normally as possible. Don’t let stress affect your work or family life if you can help it. It is definitely a good idea to avoid turning to drugs or alcohol to relieve your anxiety. That decision will only lead to more trouble down the road.

Of course, you regret being arrested for DUI. That is only natural. You cannot undo the past, however, so you must focus on the future. Remember, not everyone arrested for DUI is found guilty of the charge. Choose your lawyer carefully and listen to his advice. There are many ways a good attorney can help you avoid conviction.


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      ChelseaWill 5 years ago from Dallas, US

      I have gathered so much information involving DUI case and how to handle if being situated in like scenario.

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      JR 7 years ago

      You may be interested in my blog on DUI School and how to not make it as disruptive to your life and family'