The First 3 Things To Do After a DUI


It can happen to anyone. Whether you had one drink or a few drinks, if that drink was recent, you can easily fail a breathalyzer test. Driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated and physical control while under the influence are all serious offenses and should not be taken lightly by the offender. What you do immediately following your citation has the potential of altering the decision-making of the judge you will ultimately face. There are three things you should do to increase your chances of fair and light sentencing.

  1. Treatment

The judge will want to know that you aren’t likely to make the same mistakes again. If the judge has to tell you that you need treatment, you’re already a step behind. By enrolling in a course or attending counseling, you can show the judge that you are not only cognizant of your mistake, but you are making efforts to change your behavior. There are several options for educating yourself about drug and alcohol abuse, and one increasing in popularity is an online drug and alcohol course. This type of course offers flexibility in your scheduling, so if you have full-time employment or transportation issues, you can still achieve the desired results.

  1. Hire an Attorney

If at all possible, don’t let the court appoint an attorney for you. Showing up without an attorney is the first step in showing the judge you lack responsibility for your actions. In addition, an attorney you hire will a bigger investment in ensuring you get a favorable outcome. Attorney’s are expensive, but you have to consider the person representing you during one of the most important junctures in your life a worthy investment because they are.

  1. Find Employment

If you aren’t already employed, find a job now. The judge wants to see that you are a contributing member of society. If you already have a job, don’t let this incident cause you to lose it. Most employers won’t even know about the incident if you succeed in keeping it off your record. Following the first two steps can do just that.

Finding yourself at odds with the law is never an easy situation, but when it comes to mistakes involving alcohol or drugs, as long as you’re not a repeat offender, your mistakes should be correctable, though not without investment in time and money. Staying ahead of the court in correcting your behavior, having expert representation and maintaining employment will give you a strong start.