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 is resolved.
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 recognized as Orange County’s “DUI Queen” by calling us today!