What to do if You Get a DUI

What to do if You Get a DUI

 

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal, but it is also very dangerous. If you are pulled over and charged with a DUI, you could be facing jail time, expensive fines, as well as a humiliating situation that could impact your employment, the way you are viewed in the community, and the way you are treated by family and friends. It is best to avoid getting a DUI in the first place by giving your keys to a sober friend or finding a different mode of transportation home if you have been drinking.

If you are pulled over and charged with a DUI, our Allentown DUI attorney may be able to help. The court systems take DUIs seriously. This is because more than 50 percent of fatal highway crashes where there are two or more automobiles involved are alcohol-related. Many of these accidents result in serious injuries or death. Using our DUI attorneys may be able to help you:

• Avoid testing requirements

• Maintain future employability

• Keep your driver’s license

Avoid Testing Requirements

As part of your punishment for a DUI, the courts may require you to undergo expensive urinalysis testing. You may be required to show up at a testing facility on a daily basis just to find out if you are required to take a test that day. Missing one test could impact your probation and have you winding up in jail.

Sticking to the testing requirements can be difficult, especially since you may lose your license and your transportation options will be limited. An Allentown DUI attorney may be able to help you have this penalty reduced or removed entirely, allowing you to live a normal life. Without legal representation, there is little you can do to convince a judge to reject this requirement.

Maintain Future Employability

If your DUI is not handled properly, it will go on your criminal record. This could affect your ability to apply for a new job, or it could impact your current employment, especially if your current job requires you to drive. An Allentown DUI attorney may be able to help you by doing all they can to keep your charges at a minimum. They may be able to limit punishment to paying a fine, community service, or other steps to keep your arrest as private as possible.

Keep Your License

As soon as you are arrested, your driver’s license is immediately restricted. While you are going through the court proceedings, you will not be able to drive. However, an Allentown DUI attorney may be able to get your charges reduced to the point where you will be able to get your driver’s license back as soon as your case is over. Without assistance from an attorney, there is a risk of you losing your license for up to a full year from the time the case is decided.

At Applebaum & Associates, we have experience in helping clients charged with a DUI. Whether it is your first DUI, your second DUI, or you are being charged with vehicular manslaughter, contact us today. We look forward to helping you get the best possible outcome in court.

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