After a DUI
12 Things That Happen When You Get a DUI
– You Will be Arrested
If you have never been arrested for DUI, it is not like you see on TV. There is rarely a lot of ceremony attached to the process. A police officer tells you he is arresting you, and within seconds, you are no longer a free person. You are now in custody.
– You Will Hear Your Miranda Rights
Perhaps before, during, or at some point very shortly after putting you in handcuffs, a police officer should read a pre-printed statement to you. These are your basic rights, as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. Listen carefully because the officer is giving you an important piece of information. You do not have to answer their questions or speak to them at all. As soon as you possibly can, you should have a loved one call an experienced DUI lawyer to represent you, and you should inform the police that you have retained an attorney.
– You Will Go to Jail
Yes, you will be booked and taken to a holding cell for processing. In New York, it takes about 24 hours before a person can be arraigned, on average. It can be much longer if arrested on a Friday or Saturday.
– You Might Meet a Bail Bondsman
If you have the funds to do so, you may wish to contact a bail bondsman to post your bail so that you can be free. Once out of custody, you can call an Long Island drunk driving defense attorney, let your employer know what has happened, and make the necessary arrangements for child care or any other things that are urgent.
– You Will Go to Court
You will go to court. You need a DUI or DWI attorney as soon as possible, preferably before the arraignment. If you do not have a DWI lawyer by then, you should ask the judge to let you call a family member so you can have a criminal lawyer present.
– You Will Meet the Prosecutor
District Attorneys come in many varieties. Some are young and friendly; some are old and grumpy. Either way, they are not your DUI defense attorney. They represent the State of New York, and their sole job is to see you convicted of every single violation they can prove. Do not to speak with them without your own lawyer present.
– Your License Will Get Suspended
You will lose your license. This is fairly certain if you receive a conviction. Even a DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) carries a 90-day suspension. There are options that will help you move on, but it’s going to be tough.
– DUI Fines and Fees
You will get hit with thousands in court fees, in addition to the actual DUI penalties and fines associated with your charges. These can range from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 or more for serious repeat offenders.
– You’ll Go Back to School
Yes, that’s right! The court may order you to complete alcohol classes or other remedial classes in order to prove you learned from the mistake. You will pay for these too.
– DUI Treatment or Counseling
Much like the classes, the court may order you to receive alcohol or drug counseling, depending on your situation. This can even include rehabilitative treatment.
– Your Car Insurance Will Go Up
No doubt about it, insurance companies make a lot of money on writing policies for people with DUI convictions. But New York law requires you carry minimum liability insurance, but with a DUI, it is going to cost you more to drive.
– You Might Lose Your Job
This is always hard to explain, but your employer might decide to fire you after a DUI charge. It is not necessarily that they do not want you as an employee, but if you drive or operate vehicles in any capacity at work, some employers’ insurance carriers may not allow them to keep you on the job. This is almost always the case for truck drivers, taxi drivers, valets, or other types of delivery drivers. If they can not insure you, they can not keep you. Plus, if you can not get to work, you really will not be kept around for long.
– Fighting Your DUI Charges
For all these reasons, a DUI conviction can seriously hurt your your relationships, your employment and your overall well-being. This is why we say you cannot afford to plead guilty. If there is a way to fight the charges, hiring an experienced team of DUI attorneys is your best chance. To get experienced representation now, call (888) DUI-LAWYER or contact us online today.