If you have just been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), you are likely feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and perhaps confused. The best thing you can do for yourself immediately following a DWI, is to educate yourself about what you should expect, and to create a plan.
DWI charges can have serious consequences, jeopardizing your license, job, and possibly resulting in a criminal record. To ensure that you see the best possible outcome following your DWI, our legal team at Tyler Flood & Associates has put together a step-by-step guide to assist you immediately following your arrest:
1. Contact an Attorney
This may seem obvious, but there is a surprising number of people who do not hire their own DWI lawyer, and face serious consequences because of it. Seek legal help from someone who will fight for your rights and can help guide you throughout the process, giving you your best chance to beat your case. Do not wait, contact an attorney within the first couple days following your arrest.
2. Keep Notes
Write down everything you can remember about the night of your arrest.
Where were you? Was there construction that could have made driving more difficult? Where were you driving from? Who saw you before you drove (restaurant staff, valet attendant, etc.)? What did you have to drink and eat? Keep track of every detail you can so that you have the answers to any court questions before they’re asked. Go over all of this information with your attorney. It could also be helpful to have your own images of the scene where you received your DWI, so revisiting the site might be wise. Your attorney will help provide you with questions and prompt responses.
3. Know Your Dates and Protect Your License
Keep track of the court dates and legal appointments you have. If you failed or refused your blood or breath tests you will need to take action within 15 days of your arrest, or risk losing your license. You must contact the Texas Department of Public Safety to request an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Hearing where you will confront the arresting officer and appear before a judge to plead your case. It is vital that you meet this deadline, and appear in a professional manner, with the help of your DWI lawyer, or your license can be revoked.
An arrest for DWI can be the start of a difficult and complex process, but having the help of a competent legal advisor who can defend your rights can make or break your case. Be proactive and aggressive by knowing what to do to help yourself, and hiring an attorney who will guide and advise you.
Contact Tyler Flood & Associates for help with your DWI case, today.