I am often called by potential clients on a Saturday, or Sunday, morning asking what steps they should take after being charged with a DUI. These questions, and the timing of the call, are competely understandable. Most people are arrested for a DUI after going out after work on Friday, or with friends on Saturday. Typically the arrests took place between 1:00 and 3:00 am after leaving a bar or party. Typically the police have staked out a certain bar and are looking for possible suspects to stop and investigate. After their formal arrest early in the morning, they are released and completely overwhelmed by the gravity of their situation. So what do you do after being arrested and charged with a DUI, or OVI as we all it here in Ohio?
Step One: Call, and hire an attorney… IMMEDIATELY.
There is no more important step than deciding to hire an experienced DUI Attorney to defend you. DUI charges are very serious – on a first offense you are looking at mandatory jail time – even if this is the only crime you have ever been charged with. There are defenses that must be immediately raised or you lose them, therefore it is very important that you retain counsel immediately.
Step Two: Calm down – make a plan.
You attorney can help with this, to a degree. You need to be ready to plan on having difficulty driving for fifteen to thirty days (or more) even if this is a first offense. If you took the test you have administratively lost your license for nintey days, if you refused you have lost it for one year. What they did not tell you, is that if you failed the breath test you may lose your license for three years upon conviction. Our DUI Attorneys can help get you back driving quickly.
Call us at (330) 752-6706 for your obligation free, pressure free, consultation with one of our Akron DUI Attorneys. Ask to speak to me, Joe Patituce, managing partner of Patituce & Associates. I promise that you and your case will be treated with the dignity and respect you deserve.