Guilty Of A DUI? These Tips Can Help Improve Your Chances In Court
A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is a serious offense that can result in fines, loss of driving privileges, or even jail time. If you know you are guilty and that the evidence is in the prosecutors favor, you will need to hire a good lawyer to help minimize the negative consequences. The right lawyer, in conjunction with the following tips, can help you improve your chances of leniency from the court.
Tip #1: Get Treatment
Entering into either an in-patient or out-patient treatment program of your own volition is one of the best moves you can make. This shows the court that you are willing to take the steps necessary, at a cost of your own time and resources, to make sure a DUI doesn't happen again. Talk with your attorney before selecting a treatment program. There are often programs that are preferred by judges or prosecuting attorneys because they have a high success rate. Making sure you get into one of these programs can further improve your case. Commit yourself fully to the program and make sure you attend every meeting and class, while fulfilling the requirements of the program.
Tip #2: Stay Sober
Staying sober is likely a requirement of the treatment program, but even if you opt to skip that step you still should drink or use drugs in the time leading up to your court date. Any evidence that you are still drinking or using can sway the prosecutor to seek a higher penalty. If you were released on bail, chances are that any substance use will also be against the terms of the bail. You may think that no one will find out that you had a few beers, but these things tend to end up on social media or get publicized to the court in one way or another.
Tip #3: Follow Driving Restrictions
Many states immediately suspend a driver's license after a DUI charge and don't reinstate it until after the court proceedings are complete. If this is the case for your DUI charge, then make sure you follow the driving restrictions. If you must drive, your lawyer can help you request an occupational license. This license will allow for driving to and from work, but it will have restrictions on the hours you are allowed to drive. Getting a citation for breaking the law again while you are behind the wheel won't look good when it comes time for your DUI or DWI trial.