If you get arrested for drinking and driving, you could face serious penalties. For example, if convicted, you may lose your driving privileges for a period of time, have to pay a significant fine and spend time in jail.
You could face these DUI penalties if, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%. There are several mistakes you should avoid after the arrest to preserve your interests and mitigate your charges.
1. Ignoring the charge
Pretending like you did not get arrested for drinking and driving will not make the charges against you go away. You could also face additional penalties for not taking care of a DUI charge right away.
2. Failing to show up for hearings
After you get arrested for DUI, you will likely have to show up for a court appearance or hearing. Do not miss these scheduled dates. If for some reason you cannot make a hearing, let the appropriate party know as soon as possible.
3. Assuming you are guilty
Just because a law enforcement official thought you drove a vehicle under the influence of alcohol does not necessarily mean you are guilty. There are many defenses you can use to fight the charges against you.
The laws for drinking and driving can be confusing but handling your case does not have to be difficult. As long as you are proactive about your case, you may be able to move on quickly from this criminal charge.