10 things a good Scottsdale DUI lawyers may advise you to do after a DUI Arrest in Gilbert AZ that may increase your chances of getting a better outcome in your case.
1) Consult a Gilbert AZ DUI Defense Attorney. The chances of getting your DUI charges dismissed, sentencing reduced, or other favorable outcome in your case increase substantially with legal representation by a private DUI Lawyer or criminal defense attorney.
2) Exercise your Right to Remain silent. By remaining silent you will help avoid any self incrimination. If questions continue, from Gilbert AZ police, or Prosecution, simply say you wish to remain silent until your attorney is present. Unjust denial of your request is a violation of your constitutional rights and can lead to suppression of evidence or dismissal of your Gilbert DUI charges.
3) Obey Court Orders. After your arrest, the court may issue an order for you to be photographed and fingerprinted. Any argument or failure to comply with protocol or court order will be held against you and simply make matters worse for you.
4) Write a narrative. Document as much information as you can as can remember. Include events before, during, and after the arrest; discussions, questions and answers; food, drink or medication consumed; and names of witnesses or passengers that may be willing to testify on your behalf. Details that seem irrelevant to you may actually be something an experienced DUI attorney considers material to your defense.
5) Repair any vehicle problems that may have resulted in the DUI stop. This includes burnt out head or tail lights, turn signals, or whatever triggered the Gilbert police to pull you over.
6 Get proper insurance and registration. If you were cited for failure to possess proper insurance or registration, get it. If you already had but were unable to provide proof of provide a copy of it to your Gilbert AZ DUI attorney, and keep the original for the court.
7) Resolve Unpaid Fines or Tickets. The court will review your past driving or criminal history for neglect any other prior driving violations, or criminal convictions. If so, this may have an adverse impact on your sentencing.
8) Photograph the location of the DUI stop. A good DUI attorney will be able to recognize if there is anything in the photos, or lack of certain things, that police relied on to stop or arrest you that can result in cause to challenge facts or evidence.
9). Request a Motor Vehicle Hearing: If your driver's license was taken you must request a MVD hearing within 15 days or date otherwise set by the Motor Vehicle Department. Be sure to discuss your options first with your DUI attorney. There are consequences of requesting the hearing that differ from stipulating to a suspension.
10) Appear for your arraignment unless your Attorney advises you otherwise. This is the date on your ticket. If you do not have an attorney, your appearance is mandatory. If you fail to appear to the arraignment a warrant will be issued for your arrest. If you have retained a DUI lawyer, they will advise you of whether or not you will need to attend. In many cases your attorney can get have the arraignment vacated or can appear on your behalf. Be on time for all court appearances for which you are required to attend.
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This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstances.