If you’ve already gotten a DWI citation and do not know where to turn next, the following few tips and questions will help you understand your options. Remember, it is important to remain calm and level-headed in order to make the best of this negative situation.
Contact a Lawyer
The first necessary step after receiving a DWI is to contact a lawyer. Your attorney will be able to walk you through any questions you may have, will advise you on what to say and what not to say, and will gather all the information regarding your arrest and citation in order to ensure that you be treated as fairly as possible. Handling this situation alone may result in more harm than good.
Write Down Everything you Remember
How were you tested (Field Sobriety Test, Breathalyzer, etc.)? What time did you get pulled over? Why did the officer pull you over? Where were you coming from? The answers to these questions can help your lawyer help you. Which questions did the police ask you, and how did you answer them?
Is This Your First Offense?
If this is your first offense, and no one was hurt/there was no accident, you are in the best position you could be in. If this is a second or greater offense, and/or anyone was hurt, your lawyer will advise you from there.
Keep these few things in mind and court will go as smoothly as possible. Each individual case has so many factors, it is impossible to say how any one case will turn out. But, by knowing your rights, contacting a lawyer, and keeping track of everything that happened that night, you are greatly preparing yourself to handle this DWI as smoothly as possible.