If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI, especially if it is your first time, it can be a scary and stressful experience. What steps do I need to take first? Will I automatically lose my driver’s license? Will I go to jail? It is critical to understand the proper steps to take immediately after your arrest in order to obtain the most favorable outcome of your case.
The following are five important steps to take after a DUI or DWI arrest:
- Take the chemical test following the arrest. Whether it is a breath or blood test, they are designed to show your current BAC level. From this reading, the arresting officer can determine the level of alcohol is in your blood at the time of your arrest. Refusing to take this test will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year.
- Obtain legal representation from a DUI lawyer. DUI laws are complex and require a comprehensive understanding of the legal system. Only a specialized DUI attorney can help you gain the best results possible in your case.
- Post bail. Posting bail is typically required after an arrest. While most offenders may be released without bail, some cases require the aid of a bondsman. Although it can be costly, it is often much less than paying your entire bail to the court.
- Request an administrative driver license hearing. You only have 10 business days to request an administrative hearing if you wish to challenge the suspension of your Tennessee driver’s license. If you fail to request a hearing within the time limit, the arrest officer’s suspension of your driver’s license will stand.
- Prepare for your arraignment. The arraignment is the portion of your trial during which you enter your plea. An experienced DUI attorney can help you determine what the best course of action to either get your case dismissed or your charged reduced significantly.