If you were recently arrested for a DUI, you may wonder what your next steps should be. On top of that, you are likely scared and anxious about the future, as you could face some unpleasant penalties, including losing your driver’s license and going to jail. However, don’t rush to those conclusions yet—there is still a long way to go before you are subject to penalties and sentencing. At present, there are several things you should be doing and actions you should be taking to strengthen your case.
The first four things to do after a DUI arrest are:
1. Write down all the details
In criminal cases such as this, the details are significant. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, many individuals are so fearful and shocked after their arrest that they don’t remember all the details of what happened. This is why you should note everything you remember. Write it all down, from being pulled over forward. Remember to nclude any details you can think of, no matter how insignificant they may seem. Your DUI defense attorney can use these details to strategize your defense. Pay attention to things like:
- When were you pulled over?
- Where were you stopped?
- What reason did the police officer give for stopping you?
- Was a field breath test administered? If so, what device was used?
- What did you say to the officer, particularly about what you had to eat or drink?
Take some time to write down everything before you forget. You’ll likely be thankful later.
2. Be mindful of what you share on social media
The less you share, the better, when it comes to your social media accounts. Judges, juries, and prosecutors often use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more to look you up. Don’t incriminate yourself. Also, consider the image you want these people to have of you, set your privacy settings, and post accordingly.
3. Find witnesses who can testify for you
You can strengthen your case today by getting a list of witnesses together. Consider the people who were with you before and after the arrest and write down their contact information. You will want to share this information with your attorney.
4. Hire the best DUI defense attorney you can find
Perhaps the most critical action you will take in your case is deciding who you will hire to advocate for and represent you. DUI cases are nuanced, dynamic, and complex. Many legal matters must be examined in such cases. Your DUI defense attorney needs to have experience and knowledge to challenge and field sobriety test results adequately.
After your DUI arrest, you are right to be concerned. A DUI conviction is a life-changing event. A competent legal professional will not tell you it’s going to be a breeze. You and your attorney should get prepared and provide the best legal representation you can, no matter the facts and circumstances involved. However, if you’ve completed the four steps listed here, you could be well on your way toward your DUI defense.
If you have been charged with a DUI in PA, please call (717) 690-8643 to speak to an experienced defense attorney at The McShane Firm. We have helped thousands of Pennsylvania residents and we have the knowledge and experience to fight for you.