Facing charges for driving under the influence or impaired driving is nothing to consider a minor bump in the road. If convicted, the consequences can remain with you for a long time. Your best bet is to seek help from a lawyer who can look at the case, see if there’s any grounds for having the DUI charges revoked, and then set out to do just that.
You can help the situation by working closely with your legal counsel. Here are four ways that you can actively participate in managing the case and provide your lawyer with what’s needed to mount a credible defense.
Tell Your Lawyer Everything
Now is not the time to filter anything that was said or done. The only real choice is to tell your lawyer everything that you can remember about the moments leading up to the arrest, what was said and done during the arrest, and even what took place after you were brought in. No detail is too small or insignificant to leave out.
Why does this matter? One of the first things your lawyer will want to do is determine if the arresting officers remained within the limits of the law while approaching you and ultimately making the arrest. If anything was not done properly, that could be grounds for having the charges dismissed.
Be Available When Your Lawyer Needs to Talk
Between the time of the initial meeting and the court date, you can bet that the lawyer will want to talk more. It could be to ask a question about something that happened or to clarify a point of something you already discussed. Whatever the motivation, always make yourself available when the lawyer needs to talk. Doing so may supply your legal counsel with additional information that makes a difference in how the legal counsel pursues your defense.
Avoid Creating Problematic Situations
During the time between your arrest and the court date, the last thing you need is some other legal issue arising. For this reason, expect your lawyer to advise you to avoid situations that could compromise the case.
This will likely mean avoiding certain venues or engaging in specific activities for a time. The goal is to ensure nothing else comes up that would suggest you tend to overindulge in public on a regular basis.
Follow Your Lawyer’s Lead in Court
The courtroom is not a space that you know well. By contrast, your legal counsel knows the setting intimately. For this reason, you should look to your lawyer and conduct yourself in whatever manner the legal counsel recommends. That includes only speaking when the judge addresses you directly. Even then, take what your lawyer says about providing concise responses to heart. Doing so will make it easier to maintain your composure and make a better impression on the court.
Do you find yourself charged with DUI? If so, don’t try to deal with the problem on your own. As soon as possible, hire a lawyer who can take on the case and make sure you receive the representation that you deserve. Rest assured that your legal counsel will do everything legally possible to help you beat the charges.