You’re a normally law-abiding citizen. You work hard, you pay your
taxes, and you try to be a good person. Perhaps you have a family, or
perhaps you volunteer at your church or a local charity. But all of a
sudden your life was turned upside-down when you were arrested for driving
under the influence.
Whether or not you are “guilty” of
DUI, it’s important that you know that just because the arrest has passed,
your case is long from over. It’s going to take months for your
case to be resolved, and possibly longer if the DA takes its time filing
charges against you.
As your DUI is pending in the courts, know that certain actions on your
part can complicate your case. A misstep can cast doubt on your credibility
and negatively affect the outcome of your DUI.
To paint you in the most favorable light until your DUI case is resolved,
avoid the following activities:
1. Discussing your DUI on Facebook or Twitter.
You do not want to discuss your DUI on Facebook, Twitter, or any other
social media platform. The last thing you want to do is brag on social
media how you’re going to beat your DUI because of one reason or another.
The prosecution can access your social media profiles, even if they are
not public. It’s better to play it safe and not mention your DUI
at all online.
2. Drawing attention to yourself.
After a DUI arrest, you want to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Avoid
drinking alcohol at bars and nightclubs and getting drunk in public, all
of which can influence the courts. If you happen to live in a small town
where word spreads quickly, try to limit drinking until your DUI case
3. Driving with a suspended license.
If your driver’s
license is suspended, you must resist the urge to drive. If you’re caught
driving on a suspended license, you face steeper penalties. In Newport
Beach for example, there have been stings to catch people with suspended
driver’s licenses as they drive away from the courthouse.
4. Not attending your court date.
If you fail to show up for your scheduled court hearing, the judge will
issue a warrant for your arrest. A failure to appear will affect the court’s
opinion of you and the way it handles your case. It will cast doubt on
your willingness to do the right thing, and it can hurt your chances at leniency.
In the face of DUI charges in Orange County, your first line of defense is
contacting the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. See why Attorney Landry is
Orange County’s “DUI Queen” by calling us today!