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What Should I Do After a DUI Arrest?

10 Things You Should Do After a Drunk Driving Arrest

  1. Know the consequences of refusing a breath test. If you refuse, your license will be revoked. Fail the test and your defense becomes harder. Yes, this is a very tough decision to make.
  2. Refrain from speaking to the police. They may try to get to you either by scaring you or appearing to be sympathetic — classic good cop/bad cop stuff. More than anything, they want a sure conviction. Don't give it to them.
  3. Call a DUI lawyer, the most experienced you can find. Do this immediately, not the next day. Let your lawyer do your talking. He or she will know what to say and what not to say.
  4. Some people carry their lawyer's phone number in their wallets or purses. The number at Harvey C. Welch is 217-903-2452 or toll free at 888-371-0807.
  5. Keep your powder dry. Even if you submitted to a Breathalyzer test and the results were over 0.8 percent, there are many strategies we can try. One way or the other, you will get through this.
  6. Get educated. Ask your lawyer questions about the crime, the consequences, the courts — anything you don't understand. The best client is one who is informed.
  7. Write down or record everything you can remember about the event. Details tend to slip away or change over time.
  8. Speak to witnesses. It's important to establish how much you had to drink and if you were behaving reasonably and in control.
  9. If you had your Illinois driver's license revoked because you refused a Breathalyzer or road sobriety test, let Harvey C. Welch help you file a petition to have it reinstated.
  10. Make your court date and show respect. If you forget it or skip it, you will make things much worse for yourself.

Experienced Champaign DUI Defense Lawyer

What should I do after a DUI arrest? Begin by calling a DUI/DWI attorney who has helped more than 1,000 clients. Call criminal defense attorney Harvey C. Welch at 217-903-2452, toll free 888-371-0807, or write him using this online form.

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