If you were just arrested for DUI in Orange County, you’d probably describe your experience as stressful, embarrassing and somewhat humiliating. You may even be tired, angry, and ashamed that you let yourself get into this situation.
Nobody likes to be asked to step outside of their vehicle and perform the roadside field sobriety tests for passerby to see, and being cuffed and taken down to the station for booking only makes it that much worse.
For many, being locked behind bars, even if it’s only for a night, it’s their worst nightmare come true.
If you’re not in the “best place” right now, we understand where you’re coming from. Nobody wants to visit Orange County’s Drunk Tank, but please know that you are not alone.
Orange County sees a constant, steady stream of DUI arrests each week, and the majority of the offenders are average people who don’t exactly fit into the description of a criminal.
What steps should I take?
You’ve been arrested for DUI, what do you do next? For starters, you need to act fast. As stressful as the arrest was, you have to get past that.
You must take control of your case by doing two things: 1) contacting a DUI defense attorney, and 2) ensuring that you contact the DMV within 10 days of the arrest to request a DMV hearing.
If you do not schedule a DMV hearing within 10 days of your arrest, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. Keep in mind that the criminal case will also take actions against your driver’s license, so you need to address the DUI promptly with the DMV and by hiring an attorney ASAP.
Once you hire a lawyer, you can worry less and you can know that your case is in good hands.
Know that a DUI Case Takes Time
After the arrest, it’s important to know that a DUI case can take months to resolve, however, the consequences of a conviction can be long-lasting. For example, a DUI stays on your driving record for 10 years, but the criminal conviction stays on your criminal record indefinitely.
So remember, the DUI arrest will be over and done with before you know it, but it will take a lot longer to sort it all out. If you contact an attorney promptly, you’ll have ample time to understand what you’re up against, long before you have to face it.
Are there deeper issues?
If you haven’t already, ask yourself if this was a one-time event, or if you have an alcohol or drug problem. Was this arrest completely out of character, or are you surprised that you weren’t caught a long time ago?
If the latter applies, it may be time to see what types of treatment options may help you. You also want to do a self-assessment so you can change your habits or behaviors to help you avoid repeating the same mistake.
The penalties for future DUIs increase with each subsequent offense, so changing any poor lifestyle choices today will have a positive impact on your future.
Experience Counts in the Courtroom
Unless your concerned friend or family member is a seasoned DUI attorney, don’t rely on their advice. When it comes to YOUR case, there is nothing like the knowledge and advice of a lawyer who specializes in DUI defense.
Don’t hire just any criminal defense attorney, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to work with a Board Certified DUI defense specialist who is a member of the National College for DUI Defense.