We meet with people everyday who have been charged with DUI. They all have one thing in common: The combination of feelings about their stop, arrest and charge are entirely unique to them. Some of the more common feelings people cope with are disappointment in themselves or the system, fear of the impact that a DUI will have on their family or their work, shame and embarrassment over being charged with a crime, anger at the police for an unjust stop, fear over what they need to do next or of losing their license, concern over their finances, relationships and reputation.
The best way to help yourself move forward through these feelings is to speak with an attorney, or even a few attorneys, as quickly as possible. Many people put these meetings off because in spite of their arrest they have not yet been charged and they imagine that there is nothing a lawyer can do for them until they receive a court date. Others are hopeful that nothing will come of their arrest and contacting an attorney feels like tempting fate. Some people fear the expense of talking with an attorney so they avoid making appointments. Others are frozen by fear into inaction and are literally paralyzed and unable to move forward to help themselves. Shake yourself out of these places! The prosecuting authority has two years from the date of incident to file charges against you and many of them wait several months before doing so. It is a truly rare case that is never filed. Regardless of whether or not charges have been filed against you there are things that you can begin taking action on that will ultimately help your case. While you may feel today as though you will never forget your arrest, the finer details that seem unimportant to you will begin to fade…some of those details can be tremendously helpful to your defense. Speaking with a lawyer will help you develop a strategy for moving forward. Knowledge is power.
At your consultation with us you will learn about the possible requirements of the court and you will be able to strategize and budget for your defense. There are many things that are required of an individual who has been charged with DUI and we can help you take the steps necessary to complete these steps. While everything you are facing can be frightening and unsettling you will feel better when you have a clear idea of the consequences you face and what you will need to do to get to the other side of your DUI.