Just got a Washington DUI, what do I do now?
You got stopped for your first DUI. You are scared, angry, and probably confused. You don’t know what you are supposed to do next, you need answers…
Washington State driving under the influence (DUI) laws are some of the toughest in the country and they are even getting tougher. To successfully defend your Washington State DUI charge you need to be smart and proactive from the start, your arraignment will be coming before you know it. Below is a simple list of what to do after being arrested from DUI and released.
1. Gather evidence – This could consist of immediately obtaining a blood test, finding bar receipts, getting names of potential witnesses and writing down everything that happened.
3. Contact an attorney – This is really the first thing you should do. You should contact an attorney that practiced DUI defense in the area your court hearings will be. Some attorneys travel all over the state to defend DUI offenses. I myself generally stick to King County. There are several criteria to consider when hiring a DUI attorney. Make sure you ask yourself these questions before hiring an attorney:
- Do you trust the attorney?
- What is the attorney’s experience?
- Can you afford the attorney or can you afford not to hire that attorney?
- What are the hidden costs? Will it cost more to go to trial?
- Will you need to hire experts?
- Are you trying outright win your case or received the best deal possible?
- Who will actually be the attorney that represents me?
4. Make sure your address with DOL is correct – Often times your notice of arraignment will be mailed to you. If for some reason the court has an incorrect address you may miss your court take and be facing a warrant. Also, if DOL does not have your current address, you may miss important notices from them as well.
5. Only confidential conversations are between you and your attorney – any admissions you make to anyone else may be used against you in court. Don’t write letters to the prosecutor or judge…
This is not a completed list, but just a few things to help you. If you have any other questions or what to discuss your case in more detail please contact me. You can fill out the form online or call me at (425) 429-1729. Our DUI office is located in Kirkland, WA and we represent people charged with DUI inKirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah and Seattle.