A first DUI can be a daunting and difficult and an overwhelming experience. If this is your first DUI, DUIAuthority.com is your resource for latest, up-to-date information to help you get through the DUI process. Getting pulled over, arrested, and spending time in jail is an extremely stressful and humbling experience for anyone. There is a wealth of information here for you. Inform and better acquaint yourself with a process that can be foreign, unnerving, and complicated.
I Was Just Arrested For My First DUI – Now What?
If you’ve just been arrested for DUI, whether you have been released, cited, bailed out or remain in custody, there are a few things you must take care of IMMEDIATELY.
First, if you bailed out, your bail bondsmen is typically going to want you to go wrap up their paperwork with them as soon as possible. Work with your bail agent and make sure that they have everything they need to process your release. After all, they’re the reason you’re free right now.
Second, when you were arrested for DUI, you were provided with vital information. Usually the police officer, but sometimes the jail, may provide you the paperwork. Depending on your state’s laws (check your specific state’s DUI details here) you have a very crucial timeline in which to request a hearing and contest the DUI with your state’s licensing agency to determine the outcome of your driver’s license status. Most states allow 10 days from the date of your arrest of your first DUI – again, check your state’s details. Failure to contest your DUI and request a hearing within the timeline will likely automatically suspend your driver’s license. It is imperative you contest the suspension. You may always drop the hearing later if you decide. You can contest the suspension and schedule the hearing yourself, or you can hire an attorney.
Third, you should hire a DUI attorney. Retaining an experienced DUI attorney to represent you against your first DUI charge is a huge decision, and one that should not be taken lightly. Do your research, compare rates, and most importantly, retain someone you trust and are comfortable with. Speaking candidly about your first DUI arrest with your DUI lawyer.
Make Your First DUI, Your Last!
If your first DUI arrest hasn’t sunk in yet – it will. And no doubt, you’re not eager to go out and get arrested again. If you’re convicted of your first DUI, most states include in their probation terms a “Zero Tolerance” provision – meaning your state requires that you cannot operate a motor vehicle with any trace of alcohol in your body. At .01 BAC, with a “Zero Tolerance” provision, you would be in violation of your DUI probation. You must be very careful with this! Violations of probation can amount to lengthier jail sentences than the initial DUI itself. Depending on your state’s laws, this Zero Tolerance can stay in affect from 1-5 years.
Supplementing your first DUI with a violation of probation, or worse, a 2nd DUI during probation, will carry huge fines, lengthier jail sentences, possible vehicle impoundment, more DUI classes, and a longer license suspension. Be sure to fully discuss all the terms and conditions of your first DUI with your DUI attorney and make your first DUI, is your last DUI.