Being arrested for driving under the influence, or DUI, is overwhelming. Sometimes it can be the most overwhelming and frightening experience you can have. For many drivers, a DUI arrest is typically the first time being in legal trouble. This can cause a tremendous amount of stress, embarrassment and fear of the unknown. In addition to being a stressful situation, a DUI has something else: serious and long-term penalties. A DUI arrest can jeopardize your future, freedom and finances.
If you or your loved one has been arrested for DUI in Los Angeles County, the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin will fight for you. In addition, we will be there for you so you do not have to go through this experience alone. We offer our immediate services and support to Southern Californians who have been charged with DUI. One way we provide support is by offering the following tips for you to remember after a DUI arrest.
Remaining calm is one of the best things you can do after a DUI arrest. Yes, it is definitely easier said than done. However, it is worth trying. Staying calm allows you to process what is happening to you. Also, it allows you to plan for your future.
Remaining calm keeps you out of trouble while your DUI case is pending because you are thinking rationally and not reacting on a whim. In fact, contacting a DUI attorney often helps alleviate some fears and concerns after an arrest.
Remember all of Your Rights
You have rights after you’ve been arrested for DUI. It is easy to forget that fact. These rights include:
- The right to remain silent.
- The right to obtain a defense lawyer.
- The right to due process.
These rights were created to make sure you have your fair day in court. They also ensure you have the opportunity to tell your side of the facts.
You are Presumed Innocent
You are innocent until the state of California proves you are guilty. This rule of law applies for everyone who is arrested for a crime. Being innocent means that the burden of proving your guilt falls on the prosecution.
Seek the Help of a Defense Lawyer -- Fast
The most important thing you can do is hire a lawyer after a DUI arrest. A defense lawyer who specializes in DUI cases can educate you about the law and your case. He or she can also provide a strong defense strategy that challenges the state’s case against you. Remember, there is a timeline for the legal process from the time of the arrest to resolution. Time is of the essence so contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin, our team of lawyers will immediately assist you. To learn more about the charges you face and how we can help, contact us today.