“10 things to do after a Chandler DUI arrest that will help you recover from the DUI arrest, and even increase your chances of getting a DUI dismissal”.
DUI Arrest Chandler AZ
If you were arrested for DUI in Chandler AZ, and face active charges, you should consult a criminal defense attorney who defends DUI charges in Chandler as soon as possible. You will need a strong DUI attorney who will protect your rights through the DUI case stages. The Arizona penalties for DUI conviction are harsh and currently include mandatory jail time, even for non-extreme, first time offenders. The stakes are too high to go without good legal representation. There are also things you can do to take control of your life, and to prepare for the challenges ahead that surround the DUI charges.
10 Things to do after a Chandler DUI Arrest
Decreasing the impacts of DUI charges on your life will require two important elements:
A) Hiring a private practice criminal defense attorney who defends DUI charges, as early as possible.
B) Doing some things to that no one else will be able to do better than you.
(Note: This list is not all inclusive):
- Prepare yourself and family for your Release Conditions. If the release conditions are too harsh, your attorney can request Modification of Release Conditions.
- If your vehicle was impounded, find the location, and take necessary steps to retrieve it.
- If your license was suspended contact the Arizona MVD for a court hearing to challenge your driver’s license suspension. You will need to do this within 15 days of your arrest.
- If you have not hired a criminal attorney, you will need to appear (on time) for your scheduled court date. Failure to appear will result in a warrant or your arrest.
- Document the reason for which the police claimed stopped your vehicle. In order for the DUI stop to be lawful, police need to have “reasonable suspicion” that a violation of the law occurred or was in progress (this excludes DUI task force stops). If the stop was unlawful, any evidence thereafter can’t be used against you to pursue a DUI conviction.
- If the police also cited you for violations involving vehicle registration, license plates, or insurance, try to resolve the issues prior to your first court appearance.
- Repair any trigger problems or mechanical failures of the vehicle your vehicle that led to the DUI Stop such as broken windshields, head lights, brake lights, turn signals and the like.
- Take photographs at the location of the DUI stop and arrest including: landscaping at the field sobriety testing location; barriers, obstacles, stop signs, and traffic signals.
- Document a detailed narrative of all events surrounding the DUI stop and arrest. Include such things as what was said by you and the police; what you drank or ate within 24-48 hours of the stop; medications or drugs you took; names and contact information of witnesses, if known; and any other details you recall.
- If a field sobriety test (FST) was conducted, document lighting; weather conditions; landscaping; any physical limitations, medical conditions, disabilities, or impairments you suffered from at the time. Some locations or environments are not suitable for FSTs, and some people are not good candidates for Field Sobriety Testing. If an FST was preformed despite unfavorable conditions, good defense arguments exist.
Tempe DUI Lawyer for DUI Defense
What you do within the first 24-48 hours of your arrest is critical to the success of your defense of a Chandler DUI charge. The most important things you can do are to preserve your rights and retain an Attorney for your DUI defense. More ways to protect your rights, and more things you can do to strengthen your defense following a DUI arrest can be found in the free E-book “24 Hours – 24 Things You Should Do Following your DUI Arrest” written by James Novak, P.L.L.C DUI & Criminal Defense attorney in Arizona:
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