Arrested for DUI? Avoid these Five Common Mistakes

Being arrested for driving under the influence or “DUI” is not exactly a thing any person wants to have happen in their lifetime. That being said, a DUI is not a death sentence and your life is not over. However, once you have been arrested for DUI, it is time to start thinking about how to avoid making  further mistakes. Your first mistake was obviously the decision to drink and drive. But if you are smart, you can avoid making these other common blunders that plague drivers who are arrested for DUI:

1.      “Roll over and play dead:” So you blew a .10 and were arrested for DUI. This does not mean that you should roll over and play dead i.e., plead guilty and hope for the best. Just because you blew over the .08 blood alcohol concentration limit—does not mean that you should just lie down and accept whatever fate the judge hands to you. A seasoned Kansas DUI Defense Attorney will thoroughly review your case to determine whether you have any defenses. It is also possible that the arresting officer made an error. Do not be fooled into thinking the Judge will have sympathy for you just because you chose to plead guilty.

2.      Delay hiring a Kansas DUI Defense Attorney: If being arrested for DUI was your first encounter with the criminal justice system it can be quite a shock. You may be wondering how this arrest will impact your life or how you will get to work or the kids to school now that your license has been revoked. You may be fooled into thinking you have time to look for an attorney later—since the trial could be weeks or even months away. Right? Wrong! You want to have an attorney working on your case as soon as possible. The period of time between your arrest and your first court appearance can be a very critical period of time in your case. Make hiring an attorney your first priority.

3.      Not hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney: Maybe you know just how important it is to have an attorney represent you. However, your search for an attorney consisted of talking to a friend (or family member or neighbor) whose cousin is an attorney so you just went ahead and decided to hire them. Big mistake! You do not even know if this attorney concentrates a significant area of his or her practice on DUI defense. This is your life and your future. Do not risk hiring just any attorney—find a knowledgeable Kansas DUI Defense Attorney.

4.      Failing to appear in court: Do not make the mistake of not showing up for your first required court appearance or even being late. The judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest and revoke your bond. Not being able to drive is no excuse for not appearing in court.

5.      Driving with a revoked license: Another bone head mistake which happens more often than most people would think, is when a driver arrested for DUI drives after his or her license has been revoked. Some people have even made the mistake of driving to their court appearances! Do not make this mistake!!

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, the first thing you need to do is consult with an experienced Kansas DUI Defense Attorney. Only a seasoned DUI defense attorney will be able to advise you of your rights and provide you with aggressive representation. For more than 35 years, the Whitman Law Offices has been the trusted law firm for residents of Lawrence and Northeast Kansas who have been charged with DUI. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call the Whitman Law Offices today at (785) 843-9460. Arrangements can also be made to have one of our attorneys visit you in jail. Remember, DUI cases require immediate action.

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