If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, your actions from this point forward can impact the outcome of your case, for better or for worse. Whether or not you made a mistake during the DUI arrest, there are still things you can do moving forward that can help your case.
1. If you were drinking that day: Supposeyou were drinking on the day of your DUI arrest and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above the .08% legal limit. As we look for evidence and other ways to minimize the impact of the DUI, consider voluntarily entering a program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), even if you don’t have a drinking problem.
By being proactive, you show the court that you’re doing your best to rehabilitate yourself and ensure that you don’t drive under the influence again. Before you sign up for a drug or alcohol program, be sure to consult with us regarding the best approach.
2. Handling your license suspension: If your license was suspended because you refused to submit to a chemical test, or because you failed to schedule a DMV hearing within 10 daysof your arrest, or because you lost the DMV hearing, do NOT drive unless you obtain a hardship license from the DMV. If you are caught driving on a suspended license while your case is pending in the courts, it will cause more problems.
3. Do not drink alcohol while your case is pending: Do not drink alcohol while your DUI is with the courts. If you get a public intoxication charge, or if you’re charged with assault while drinking, or if you’re arrested for DUI again, fighting your charges or agreeing to a plea deal will be much more difficult.
4. Clean out your house: While your case is pending, remove alcohol from your home, and you may want to stop visiting bars and nightclubs until the case concludes. Be careful about incriminating posts on social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter since the prosecutor can use these posts against you as evidence.
5. When it’s all over, seek an expungement: If you are convicted of DUI, our advice is to petition the court for an expungement after your finish your DUI probation. With an expungement, you can tell most employers that you were not convicted of DUI, with limited exceptions, such as professional licenses, government jobs, and teaching credentials. With an expungement or “dismissal,” it’s much easier to find a job or housing, or obtain a loan.
Looking for an Orange County DUI attorney? Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to be represented by the “DUI Queen.”