You’ve been arrested for DUI or drunk driving. The very first thing you need to do is get in contact with an attorney. The vast majority of DUI arrests are committed by first-time offenders – regular people like you who just happened to make a bad decision. How much that one-bad-decision changes your life could hinge on how quickly you speak with a professional.
What you stand to lose. After bail, fines, court costs, and increases to insurance premiums, a typical DUI conviction costs about $10,000. Beyond that, you also risk losing:
- Your License. The loss of mobility can greatly impact your freedom. For people who drive to and from work or school, this loss can be devastating. Lose the license, maybe lose the job.
- Your Pride. With your DUI arrest, you have gone from being seen as an upstanding member of society to a common criminal, certainly in the eyes of the police, but potentially family members and employers. One of the most common emotions experienced after a DUI conviction is shame. Don’t make the guilt worse.
- Your Job. Missed work as a result of court dates, community service and maybe even a jail sentence could put your job in jeopardy. Lost time means lost pay.
Don’t wait. Hiring an attorney protects you from losing more than what the law demands. But the longer you wait after being arrested for DUI, the more options you lose as deadlines pass, memories fade and evidence grows stale. Filling out the form only takes a few minutes, it’s confidential and there’s no fee for putting you in touch with an experienced professional whose job it is to protect you.