Getting arrested for anything is never fun, and fortunately, it's an experience that most Americans never need to go through. Unfortunately, even people who are normally law-abiding citizens can still inadvertently find themselves on the wrong side of the law. A perfect example is being pulled over by a police officer who subsequently decides you are driving under the influence. Here is what you should know if you ever find yourself in this situation.
It can be tremendously disconcerting to watch a jail door slam, with you left behind in a holding cell, especially if you have never been in jail. It's even worse when you wake up in jail and it takes a minute to realize where you are and recollect the events of what got you there.
As stressful as this may be for you, you will likely spend less than 24 hours in the county jail before you are released. If you are arrested on a Friday evening, you may have to stay until Monday morning in some jurisdictions or smaller municipalities if their laws require you to see a judge before bonding out. Your best bet is to be friendly, polite, and cooperative with the jailers and just try to relax until you are released.
Deal With Reality
In almost every state, being charged with a first DUI (driving under the influence) is currently not a huge deal, even if you end up being found guilty. It is usually expensive and inconvenient, however. It can also be embarrassing.
But while you may be fined, have your driving privileges temporarily revoked, have your name in the paper, and be forced to deal with increased insurance premiums, you don't have to worry about spending time in jail.
Get A DUI Lawyer
While the penalties may not be severe relatively speaking, especially for a first offense, you still don't want to be convicted of a DUI. It will become a part of your permanent record. It could potentially adversely affect your current or future employment opportunities. This is especially true for some occupations, such as truck drivers or traveling salesman. A conviction will make it difficult to do what you need to do in life, whether it's getting to work, picking up the kids from school, dropping them off at soccer practice, or going to the grocery store.
You need an attorney who is experienced in dealing with DUIs. A lawyer who simply handles traffic or criminal cases won't suffice. It's in your best interest to choose an attorney who specializes in these charges as they will be most familiar with the local system, the prosecutors, and the judges.
For more information, contact a local DUI attorney.