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5 Things That Will Happen Right After You Get A DUI

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported about 121 million alcohol-impaired driving incidents in the United States. 1% of that total number, or 1.1 million, was arrested for driving under the influence. For those who find themselves in that 1%, it can be difficult to know what comes next. Once you've been arrested and booked, here are the next five things to expect from your DUI:

  1. Your license will be suspended. Even if you decided to forego a breathalyzer test, most states will suspend your license immediately after being arrested under suspicion of drunk driving.
  2. You'll be given a court date. At the time of your release from booking, you'll receive a summons for the court date. This will be your arraignment at which you'll be able to plead innocent or guilty after hearing the evidence against you.
  3. You'll have to make a decision about legal representation. Finding the right DUI lawyer can really make a difference in your sentencing. Make sure you get someone you can trust.
  4. You'll carry out the terms of your sentence. Your sentence will depend on a variety of factors: your state, your Blood Alcohol Content at the time of arrest, your previous record, and any other evidence brought against you. If you're found guilty, the minimum requirements will probably be a fine, but depending on the circumstances of your DUI, you could face more serious repercussions, including jail time.
  5. You'll tie up any loose ends. Once you've met the requirements of your sentence, you can start putting your life back together. Most states require alcohol prevention education or other rehabilitative courses in order to regain driving privileges. Additionally, you're likely to pay more for insurance moving forward.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when facing a DUI charge is to take a deep breath. Get everything sorted and make sure you don't find yourself in this position again.

If you or someone you know got a DUI, contact The Lucaj Law Firm today for all your criminal attorney needs.

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