The penalties for drunk driving are often severe, even for first-time offenders. Aside from the possibility of having your license suspended for several months, a DUI will become part of your criminal record for years to come, potentially thwarting opportunities for employment, education, state grants and licensing. You should never accept a DUI or a DWI charge without attempting a defense. Here are some steps to take when you have been charged with drunk driving:
Consult with an Attorney Immediately
An experienced DWI attorney can help you formulate your defense, and his or her counsel will help you out immediately after being charged with a DWI. Remember, the laws in Texas are very tough on DWI offenders, so you need experience and expertise on your side. Whether you refused or submitted to chemical testing during your arrest, your attorney will be able to help you navigate the next steps of the process.
Deal with the DMV
When you are arrested for drunk driving, the DMV is notified. You have 15 days to contest the suspension of your license. This makes hiring an attorney an immediate concern once you are arrested.
Consult with Your Employer about Policies and Procedures
Many companies automatically suspend or terminate employment after a DWI arrest. Find out about your employee’s policies and procedures, but don’t tell your employer about your situation. Instead, speak with your attorney about the company’s policies; he or she will advise you of your next steps.
Work with Your Attorney
Sometimes, your attorney will plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney. By plea bargaining, your attorney is attempting to avoid taking the case to trial. If plea bargaining is not ideal, your case will most likely go to trial. Your attorney will help you along the way, preparing you for whatever scenario seems likely to happen.
The stakes in a DUI or DWI case are high. It is always a good idea to defend yourself with the help of an attorney when you’ve been charged.
If you live in the San Antonio or Austin area and would like to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, call The Carlson Law Firm at (888) 335-7492. We are well equipped to handle any of our clients’ legal challenges and would love to sit down with you and discuss your case. Call us today and learn how we can help.
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