You’ve recently been stopped by the police and accused of DUI. A million thoughts are probably racing through your head. You’re probably very scared:
- 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, what did the device look like?
- What did you tell the officer about what you had to eat or drink?
- What sort of tests did they do? (Eye tracking, walk and turn, one leg stand?)
Take some time to write down everything you can remember from the stop. Just don’t share it with anyone but your attorney. You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Mark your online profile as private
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 can and often scour Facebook and Twitter looking for incriminating photos or posts to use against DUI defendants especially if they are from that night.
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 ammunition. We cannot tell you to remove any incriminating photos or posts of yourself online today, but you can and should mark your profile as private and for heaven’s sake don’t post about it on line.
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. Your attorney will want to give their statements- because people forget things rather quickly. A drinking or non-drunk alibi witness can make the difference between guilty and not guilty.
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. DUI cases involve a lot of science. In fact, the test reports that are normally the main piece of evidence are supposed to follow specific scientific procedures. Knowing the science behind them better than the scientists and the police and the DA is the only way an attorney can challenge those results. Look at how much training the attorney has in DUI specific courses. Is the attorney a plea attorney or a trial attorney? Do your research like you would any other important decision in your life.
Take your time to and meet with a few lawyers before you make your decision. Make sure to ask them about their credentials in forensic science before making a final choice.
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. Let your attorney take care of the details. Make sure to maintain good communication with your attorney and ask about anything that might concern you. An experienced attorney will fight for you case, and can take much of the stress and burden off your shoulders. So try to live your life normally.
If you are facing a DUI in Pennsylvania, please Call The McShane Firm at (717) 657-3900. Our experienced DUI attorneys are highly-trained in forensic science and use that knowledge to get favorable results for our clients. Contact us today and see the difference experience makes.