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You Just Got a DUI, Now What?

You can’t go back in time and decide not to drive over the limit. Now, you’ve got to face up to the consequences. Here’s what you need to know about the things that happen next.

Arrange for Your Car to Get Picked Up

Typically, your vehicle will be towed (at your expense) following your arrest. You should get contact information for the towing company shortly, and you should arrange to have it picked up as soon as possible. Keep in mind that you’ll be footing the cost.

Work to Keep Your License

In order to keep your license, you need to have a hearing at the DMV. Your attorney may do this for you, but don’t rely on someone else taking care of this very important step for you.

If you don’t request this hearing, you’ll automatically face a suspension of your driver’s license.

Find a DUI Legal Specialist

Even if you have a good lawyer, you need a specialized DUI attorney. They have plenty of experience with this type of legal challenge.

If you’re not sure how to find one–or how to pick a good one–hit the internet and shop around.

Get a Bail Bondsman, Too

If you are not released without bail, you may need the professional services of a bail bondsman. You pay them a fee, and they post bail for you. Sounds simple, right?

Well, it means that you don’t have to pay 100% of the bail upfront in court. It also means that if you fail to show up in court, you’re going to have even more problems–so make sure to follow through.

Get Ready for the Arraignment

If this is your first time in court, it may all seem very confusing. Hopefully, you’ve got a competent lawyer on your side to help you navigate the process.

During the arraignment, you’ll enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” If you choose to enter a plea of “not guilty,” you’ll be entitled to a jury trial.

Accept the Consequences

The outcome of your arrest will depend on a number of factors, including your blood-alcohol level at the time, but the most important thing you can do now is to be respectful and accept the consequences without complaint.

During your sentencing, you may end up with community service and fines; it’s in your best interest to deal with whatever the court hands down as quickly and maturely as you can.

The sooner you do that, the sooner you can move on with the rest of your life.