If you’re facing a DWI or DUI charge, you need to begin mounting your defense as soon as you can. DUI convictions can have serious consequences that can impact your life for quite some time.
Here are a few steps to take immediately if you have been charged with driving while impaired.
Document Relevant Information
Even before calling a lawyer, write down what you remember of the incident: what you were drinking, how much you had and who you were with at the time. Include information, if you have it, about the size of the drinks you consumed. Were they, for example, 12 ounce cans or 16 ounce pint glasses? Be sure to note any prescription medications you take, their dosages and the time you took them. This information may help your attorney, but the details could be lost from memory if you don’t record them as soon as you can.
Call a Defense Lawyer
Find a DWI attorney (some call it a DUI attorney) in Raleigh as soon as you can after being charged to give yourself the best chance of mounting a successful defense. Your lawyer will quickly review the record of your arrest and the facts of your case. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner he or she can review any dashcam or other video, interview witnesses while their recollection of events are still fresh and gather other evidence that may support your case.
Keep a Low Profile
Make sure your social media profiles aren’t full of pictures of you partying and keep talk of your arrest off of social media sites. Contrary to popular belief, prosecutors can and do access this type of information. Don’t give the prosecution any more evidence to use against you than what they already have. If your license has been suspended and you’re able to obtain a limited driving privilege, follow the rules to the letter. And keep in mind, if you continue to drink and drive and you get caught again, the punishment may well include jail time.