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No one should be Driving Under the Influence, especially today. With options like Uber, Lyft, or even an old-school taxi cab, there is literally no excuse for driving after you’ve had a few drinks. Yet, people make this mistake every day.
If you’ve been stopped and arrested for driving under the influence then there are a few things that you need to do as soon as possible after you’re released.
In this article, we will discuss what you need to do and why you need to take care of those items. If you don’t address these seven items as soon as possible, then addressing your DUI will take longer and cost more than it could. As with most things in life, addressing them now will keep you from paying in the long run.
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7 Things to do After Your DUI
- If your car was towed, which is extremely likely, then you need to call the tow company and find out where it was taken. Get your car out as fast as you can! Impound/Tow lots typically charge on a per day basis and those fees stack up quickly. By getting your car out today you’ll avoid racking up additional costs that you can’t, and don’t need to, afford.
- Call an attorney who specializes in DUI cases. You need a lawyer because dealing with the law is a difficult and complex thing. Additionally, there are options a non-lawyer isn’t aware of and may miss. By contacting an attorney who specializes in handling cases of DUI you can ensure you will be made aware of all the options you have available and will get the best advice on what to do and when in order to avoid unnecessary expenses or consequences.
- Now you must decide between going to a DMV hearing or applying for hardship. Discuss your options with your attorney and make a determination on what is best for your situation. It’s extremely important to note that you only have 10 days to decide in Florida. After that time period, your license will be suspended as part of your repercussions for receiving a DUI
- You should definitely sign-up for DUI Counter Attack School from the Florida Safety Council. By being proactive and signing up for a course prior to its being ordered you will show the court that you’re taking responsibility for your actions. Most judges appreciate that mistakes happen and are more willing to be lenient if you take responsibility for making a mistake. (https://www.floridasafetycouncil.org/Category/dui-courses)
- If you’re waiving your hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles by taking the DUI class, you can go get your Driver’s License reinstated by bringing proof of your completion of the DUICAS course. You can learn more about your options from the DMV website by following this link: https://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/automotive-law/dui.php
- Until your case is completed its process through the court system, we strongly recommend you stop drinking. It might be a good idea to consider attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or seeing a counselor for help and advice if you think you may have an addiction to alcohol. Again, this will show the judge that you understand the severity of your infraction and are working to address it.
- It’s also important that you listen to and follow any other recommendations or instructions your lawyer gives you. This includes providing any documents they request and making any life changes they suggest. While they’re working on coming up with evidence, speaking to the state on your behalf, and addressing the status of your case, you need to be helping them in any way they need to ensure the best result possible.
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