3 Steps to Take After a First-Time DUI
You don't need to be an attorney to know that a drunk driving charge is a serious matter whether it's a person's first or third DUI. Taking certain steps after your first DUI can offer better legal protection later on. Below are three essential steps attorneys advise you to take after your first drunk driving charge.
1. Stay Silent & Cooperate
You have a constitutional right to remain silent. You should, of course, remain civil with the officer and cooperate by providing your basic information, such as your name and address. Beyond that, you are not required to answer the officer’s questions, and you should ask for an opportunity to speak with your lawyer before answering any additional questions.
2. Agree to Chemical Testing After the Arrest
By law, Kentucky drivers give implied consent to having their blood, breath, and urine tested for alcohol or drugs when an officer reasonably believes the driver is under the influence. You may refuse the test, but you risk being arrested, facing enhanced penalties upon your conviction, and the suspension of your driver’s license. Kentucky law, however, requires the police to follow specific procedures in conducting the test, and it requires them to inform you about your rights relating to the test, including your right to have an independent test at your own expense.
3. Hire a DUI Attorney
Always hire a DUI attorney after a drunk driving arrest. Hire a proactive legal professional with extensive experience in DUI law. A lawyer will launch their own investigation into the incident, file all the appropriate paperwork and legal motions, and negotiate with courts, law enforcement, and prosecutors. A skilled attorney may be able to get you plea deal or reduced punishment, so don't assume your guilt is a foregone conclusion.
The above steps aim to safeguard your case and its integrity. The attorneys at Gess Mattingly & Atchison, P.S.C., are here for you every step of the way. For more than 60 years, they have represented central Kentucky residents in DUI arrests, criminal defense cases, and many other aspects of civil litigation. Call (859) 252-9000 or visit their website to schedule a consultation today.