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Mistakes to avoid and what to expect after your first DUI

Being arrested for a DUI, especially for the first time, can be stressful and confusing. Most likely, you never believed this was ever going to happen to you. But now it has, and you should make sure you don’t make matters worse.

When you do not know what is happening during a DUI, you can lack confidence and try to overcompensate your emotions. This can damage your case and keep you from the resolution you are hoping for. If you are arrested for DUI, here are some mistakes you should avoid making:

  • Give in to guilt – You do not need to accept any penalties that are told to you at the time of your arrest. The courts will decide your outcome once you have stated your case with your DUI attorney.
  • Stay quiet – During your arrest you will receive your Miranda warning rights. The first line of those rights explains your right to remaining silent. Once you meet with your attorney you can explain your side of the story.
  • Do not delay responsibilities – After your DUI arrest, you will most likely have around 14 days to protect your license from an administrative suspension. By missing this deadline, it can create an issue later.
  • Driving without a license – If you lose your driving privileges, you should always adhere to the legal limitations that have been placed on you. You should not think you can still make quick or routine trips in your car when you are without a license. You can only make matters worse for yourself.
  • Do not take a DUI casually - It is common for people to believe that their first DUI is nothing to worry about. You should have a carefully prepared case, so you can avoid fines, probation or even jail time. 

A DUI conviction can certainly negatively disrupt your life. A DUI on your criminal record can be viewed when you are applying for both a job and a loan. Here are a few consequences you could expect after a DUI:

  • Insurance increase – A DUI will mean your monthly premium car insurance will rise.
  • Paying of fines – You should expect to pay roughly around $750 to $1,000 out of pocket for DUI fines.
  • Time in Jail – It may only be temporary, or it could be for a longer period of time. You can expect longer jail time if you are a repeat offender or hurt someone.
  • Child custody change – If you happen to have primary custody of a child following a divorce, a DUI conviction could make changes to that arrangement.
  • DUI class – Be prepared to take a drunk driving class and you will have to pay for it. Many times, this is required before you can get your driver’s license back. 

As you can see from the information above, a DUI should be taken very seriously. From the moment you are taken under arrest, a DUI can have major consequences on many parts of your life.

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