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3 Things To Do After You Are Charged With A DUI

by Flenn Lane

If you have been charged with a DUI, here are three things that you should do in order to protect yourself and to hopefully reduce your charges, especially if you feel that the charges were wrong.

#1 Hire An Attorney

The first thing that you need to do is hire an attorney from a law firm like Boehmer Law to represent you. You don't want to delay action on this step. An attorney can help you fight back against your charges and gather evidence that will be crucial to your case. An attorney can also help ensure that you don't lose your driver's license.

You are going to want to hire an attorney that has experience with DUI cases. They will know how to work the local system and exactly what you need to do to fight back against your DUI charges.

#2 Follow The Rules Set In Place

If you were told when you were arrested that you can't drive, listen to what the officer told you and don't drive your vehicle. Driving your vehicle when you were expressly told not to could result in a harsh sentence and additional consequences if you are caught driving without a license.

If you were told that you have a set amount of time to appeal your suspended license so you can continue to drive, make sure that you take steps to get your license reinstated within the time frame allowed. Some states allow you a short window where you can argue to keep your license or a restricted license while your case proceeds.

#3 Gather Medical Evidence

If you are sure that you were not drunk and believe that a medical condition may have caused you to have a false positive with a breathalyzer, you are going to need to be able to prove that. The most common conditions that can cause a false positives on a breathalyzer are things such as acid reflux disease and heartburn, as well as using products such as mouthwash right before you were pulled over.

If you think that a medical or dental condition influenced your breathalyzer, you are going to need to secure medical proof of your condition. It is best to get into your doctor as soon as possible and get a diagnosis if you don't already have one, or just get confirmation if you already have been diagnosed previously with a specific disease. You'll want a written statement from your doctor that confirms that your disease could cause a false positive on a breathalyzer test.