If you have recently been pulled over and accused of driving while under the influence, this article is for you.
Chances are, right now you have a million different things running through your mind. You are afraid and have no clue what you should do next.
Well don’t worry because we are here to help. Here are the 4 things you must do right after you have been accused of a DWI:
Write Down Everything
When it comes to a DWI case details matter. After you have been pulled over, start taking mental notes of everything that is going on. As soon as you get a chance, write everything down.
Do it as soon as possible because as time passes your memory will start to fade. Some things to write down include when you were stopped, where you were stopped, the reason given for the stop, whether or not a breath test was administered and anything the officer may have said to you.
After you write everything down don’t share it with anyone except for your attorney.
Make All Of Your Online Profiles Private
We are sure you are familiar with the phrase, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law”.
Well guess what? That same concept applies to anything you post online. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to look at your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles to build a case against. They will look for any photos or posts that are incriminating so they can use them against you in court.
So please, mark all of your online profiles as private!
If you know of someone who was around when the stop took place, ask them if they would be willing to testify on your behalf. This could be a friend, family member, acquaintance or just a general witness who saw what happened.
A witness can help strengthen your defense and be the difference between you being found guilty or not guilty.
Hire The Best Possible DWI Attorney
When it comes to your DWI case, the most important decision you will make is who you hire to represent you.
There is a lot of science that goes into a successful DWI case. In fact, if you were given any type of test during your stop, if those tests didn’t follow specific procedures the case could be thrown out. Understanding those procedures is the only way an attorney can challenge the results.
Make sure you hire an attorney who has experience dealing with DWI cases. Do research to see what type of results that have gotten for similar cases.
Before you sign any dotted lines, take some time to meet with a few attorneys in person. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to see if you feel comfortable with them representing you.
While you want an attorney with experience, you also want an attorney you are comfortable with and feel like you can trust.
Once you hire an attorney they will guide you on what steps you need to take next.