First Things To Do After Getting a DC DUI
Being on the receiving end of a DUI charge can be an unnerving process; however, a DC DUI lawyer is available to help you minimize the harm of the charge. To discuss a case more specifically, call today and schedule a consultation. Here are some steps to follow if you have been charged with a DUI:
1) Find an Attorney with Local Knowledge
An individual arrested for a DUI should find a good DUI attorney who focuses on that specific jurisdiction. Thus, if a person is arrested for DUI in the District of Columbia, step one is to find an attorney who focuses on DUIs in DC.
2) Decide Whether to Request a Hearing
In almost every jurisdiction and especially in DC, a person will be given a form entitled Notice of Proposed Revocation by the police. Every once in a while, the officer either neglects to do so or chooses not to, but in the vast majority of DUI cases the officer will fill out the form saying that based upon the arrest for a DUI, the person will lose their driver’s license if they have a DC driver’s license or their privilege to drive in DC if their license is from somewhere else.
It will be an indeterminate amount of time, but it will be at least six months unless the person requests a hearing at the DC DMV. A person has 10 days to do so if they have a DC license and 15 days to do so if they have a license from somewhere else.
The clock will begin ticking from the date of the arrest. Thus, the person who has been arrested for a DUI needs to decide whether they want to automatically lose their ability to drive in DC which will start 10 or 15 days later if they do not request the hearing. They should seriously and quickly consider what they want to do. In most cases, they want to request that hearing to avoid losing the privilege to drive.
3) Get a Copy of Your Full Driver’s Record
Lastly, a person should get a copy of their full driver’s record. The record should go as far back as the DMV can give them from every jurisdiction that they have had a driver’s license in the past dozen years. This is because the prosecutors will not just assume that it is a defendant’s first DUI charge or conviction. The prosecution will require the defendant to give them their driver’s records to demonstrate whether they have had a prior DUI charge or conviction on their record.
It is essential for a person to provide an attorney with their driving records regardless of whether a person has been convicted of a DUI. A person will want to make sure that their attorney has all of the information that the prosecutors have, so there are no surprises.