10 things experienced DUI lawyers may advise you to do after a DUI Arrest in Tempe that may increase your chances of getting a good outcome.
1) Consult a Tempe AZ DUI attorney. The chances of getting a dismissal of your DUI, charges a reduction in charges, or other favorable outcome increase substantially with legal representation by a private DUI Lawyer or criminal defense attorney.
2) Remain silent. By remaining silent you will help you avoid incriminating comments that will damage your defense case. If questions continue, from Tempe AZ police, or prosecution, politely say you wish to remain silent until your attorney is present. Unjust denial of your request is a violation of your rights and can lead to suppression of evidence or dismissal of your Tempe DUI charges.
3) 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.
4) 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 Tempe police to pull you over.
5) 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 Tempe DUI attorney, and keep the original for the court.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8). 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.
9) 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.
10) Be on time for all court appearances you are required to attend. If you are late, this is considered ill regard and disrespect to the court and the seriousness of your DUI charges.
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