An arrest for driving under the influence is a big deal, but your life is not over.
There are several steps you can take to protect your interests and build your DUI defense before your court date.
Call your boss
A drunk driving charge may affect your employment, especially if your position requires you to drive. However, you should be honest with your employer about your situation. If you give your bosses time to make arrangements, they may be willing to help you return or provide a reference for your next opportunity.
Record the details of the arrest
When your case goes before a judge, the arresting officer will arrive with their version of the event. To refute that evidence, you need to come with facts of your own. Take time to write down as much as you can remember about your encounter with law enforcement, including the following details:
- How many drinks you had that day
- The time of your last drink
- The date, time and location of the traffic stop
- The officer’s reason for pulling you over
- The type of testing the officer performed
- A list of witnesses who can support you
See your doctor
If you performed poorly on a field sobriety test, there may be a reason other than your alcohol consumption. Conditions including anxiety, ear problems or high blood sugar can negatively impact results. Additionally, certain chronic ailments, such as acid reflux or GERD, can cause false readings on breath test devices. Ask your doctor for a record of your medical conditions that may have led to your DUI arrest.
It is important to not lose hope after a DUI arrest. Learn about New York and New Jersey laws as well as possible defenses to DUI charges.