You’ve recently been stopped by the police and accused of DUI. A million thoughts are probably racing through your head:
- What do I do now?
- Will I lose my license?
- What about my insurance?
- Who should I talk to?
Here are the first five things you should do after being accused of a DUI. Follow these steps and you’ll be well-prepared to make the right decisions for your DUI case.
1. Write Down Everything
DUI cases are won and lost with their details. So write down everything you remember from your DUI stop, no matter how insignificant. Do it now. Your memory will fade over time, and important details that could help win your case could be lost. Here are some questions to jog your memory:
- When and where were you stopped?
- What reason did the officer give for your stop?
- Was a breath test administered? If so, with what device?
- What did you tell the officer about what you had to eat or drink?
Take some time to write down everything you can remember from the stop. You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Remove All Pictures and Posts of Yourself Drinking and Partying Online
Remember the phrase “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law?” Well, in this era of social media, anything you post online can and will be used against you too. Prosecutors often scour social media sites like Facebook or Twitter looking for incriminating photos or posts to use against DUI defendants.
Presented out of context, these public materials can damage your reputation enough to turn a jury against you – even if you’re innocent. Don’t give the other side this ammunition. Remove any incriminating photos or posts of yourself online today.
3. Find Witnesses
Talk to your friends, family, and acquaintances – especially if they saw you right before, right after, or even during your stop. Ask them if they would be willing to testify on your behalf in court. Witnesses can go a long way to strengthen your defense, so gather as many as you can.
4. Hire the Best DUI Lawyer
The most important decision you’ll make for your DUI case is which lawyer will defend you in court. The experienced DUI attorneys of The McShane Firm are the most qualified, most highly-trained DUI specialists in Pennsylvania. They specialize in professionally aggressive representation and vow to fight aggressively for your case, your license, and your rights. Contact us today for your free initial consultation where we can discuss your case and your options and help you make the right decision in defending your DUI.
5. Don’t Obsess
Your DUI case is likely among the most stressful events of your life. It’s natural to obsess over the consequences and the outcome. An aggressive DUI lawyer – like our attorneys at The McShane Firm – will fight for you case, and can take much of the stress and burden off your shoulders. So try to relax.
If you’ve completed these steps, you’re well on your way toward defending your DUI case. Our highly-trained DUI lawyers can help take it from here. Contact us today for your free initial consultation and put Pennsylvania’s most highly qualified DUI attorneys to work for you.