Orange County's DUI Queen
Our DUI Blog Stay Current With DUI Related News

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a DUI Arrest

Every DUI case brought before the court is unique; no two are identical. There are many factors that must be considered in a case before a judgment can be passed upon the accused. That is what our constitutional rights are all about!

Without preserving our constitutional rights, presumptions would undoubtedly lead to a percentage of unfair convictions, but thank goodness we have DUI attorneys to challenge the evidence and fight for our rights in our great nation’s courtrooms.

DUI defendants have a lot at stake, whether facing misdemeanor or felony DUI charges. While all DUI defendants are accused of driving under the influence of a regulated substance, there are many additional considerations that must be reviewed in each individual case.

In essence, there is no such thing as a “cookie cutter approach” when defending a DUI. When the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. has its initial consultation with a client, we’ll want to know:

  • Are you 21 or older?
  • Do you have any prior DUI convictions? If so, when?
  • What was your blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?
  • Was there a child in the vehicle at the time of your arrest?
  • Are you a commercial driver?
  • Was there property damage?
  • Was anyone injured or killed?
  • What was the reason for the initial traffic stop?
  • Were you driving with valid auto insurance?
  • Have you requested a DMV hearing yet?

The answers to these questions are critical, and will therefore determine the best defense strategy. After the arrest, however, you'll need to heed the following advice...

Don't make these mistakes!

A defendant must consider their actions following an arrest and how they will impact the final ruling. While some individuals think that only the actual events of the criminal charge will affect their case, this is not true. Some of the most common mistakes can land you behind bars and facing severe fines.

Avoid these common mistakes during your case:

  • Not realizing the true consequences of a DUI
  • Failing to appear for a court date
  • Believing you can represent yourself
  • Drinking alcohol while your DUI case is pending
  • Hiring an attorney who only “dabbles” in DUI defense
  • Not filing a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Driving after your license is suspended for a DUI
  • Automatically pleading guilty to DUI without considering your defenses or a plea deal

DUI convictions are serious and life-changing, so treating the court case as an insignificant manner can land a defendant behind bars, result in the loss of their license, and in some cases, mandatory enrollment in substance abuse programs.

Anyone who has been arrested on DUI should find themselves an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. Virginia L. Landry, Orange County’s “DUI Queen” can work to ensure that an aggressive defense is built and the consequences of your DUI arrest are minimized as much as possible.

Reach out to the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry for a free case review!