We all know that driving under the influence is strongly frowned upon. However, sometimes you may encounter certain emergency situations where you end up driving on an alcohol limit, but below the permitted levels. Or your grown-up teenagers with a license may make the mistake of driving under the influence. No matter what, awareness is key, and having a fair idea of how the system works can help you navigate the case better. Here are 5 things you need to know about a DUI charge.
1. Do not argue with the police officer: If you’re ever confronted by a police officer regarding driving under the influence, it is easy to become defensive. However, it is imperative that you keep calm and do not argue with the officer under any circumstance. Give them your full cooperation, even if you have not been drinking and feel wrongly accused. The police are legally permitted to randomly check on driving citizens while the citizens are expected to cooperate with the tests fully.
2. It’s best to never have a record: One of the most complex parts of getting booked under a DUI charge is how easy it looks. However, there is more to the process. If it is your first offense, you will spend more time at the police station since creating a criminal record takes time. From the embarrassment of being transported to the police station in an officer’s vehicle to having your car towed and even detainment, none of the experiences are remotely pleasant. It is better to stay out of the criminal database than ever enter them because these cases show up on your records for years before getting cleared.
3. Getting the help of your lawyer: If you think you’re being wrongly accused, be it due to a medical condition, or any other reason, make sure to contact your lawyer immediately. A good lawyer will be able to help you in understanding how to handle being charged with a DUI and will take all the necessary steps to clear your name if wrongfully accused. If you were at fault, they will help you through all the protocols until the sentencing and ensure your penalties get reduced on account of good behavior.
4. Release on a bond: If you or anyone you know gets locked in for a DUI charge, you may require a family member or a friend to let you out on a bond. Based on the degree of the offense and the level of intoxication, the amount for the bond will be set by a court representative. However, make sure that your lawyer is looped in with this procedure. Once you’re released on a bond, make sure to stay in town till the proceedings are complete, and don’t get behind the wheel until then.
5. Court sentencing: The court will summon you to a hearing where a judge will decide the verdict of the DUI charge. They may ask you questions that you will be under oath to answer truthfully. Do not argue or debate the judge under any event. Your sentence may depend on the severity of the case, ranging from community service to the suspension of your license.
While maintaining all road safety protocols is imperative, these mistakes may be a poor decision away. Make sure that you or your licensed kids never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, especially with your family in the same car.