5 Steps To Take After A DUI Arrest

July 17, 2020
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If you experience a DUI arrest, it is imperative that you know precisely which steps you should take next to ensure your rights are protected. 

1. INVENTORY. The first step is to write a narrative of the events that led up to your arrest. It is not uncommon to forget some details and this exercise usually helps recall things. These details can be helpful to your Fairfax DUI attorney and ultimately to the successful outcome of your case. Make a point off taking photo of the clothing you were wearing on that day, including your shoes. Do not leave out any critical details, including any pertinent health history, such as past injuries, dental procedures, etc. 

2. RESEARCH. Research attorneys that seem to have a focus in DUI law in Virginia. The DUI statutes and their annotations span more pages in Virginia code books than the homicide statutes and annotations. That’s because DUI cases are highly complex. You need a person who knows their way around a DUI. Some helpful places to look are Google and Avvo. Contact an attorney experienced in handling DUI case at Rudolphi Law today. 

3. MAKE CONTACT. Contact the attorney at Rudolphi Law and discuss all of the details of your case in an initial consultation. Provide your lawyer with the inventory you compiled in Step 1. This might be an ongoing process. However, getting those details to him helps your attorney prepare and brainstorm possible theories to your case. This is making the best use of your consultation with your DUI lawyer and starting off right with the legal work in your case. Likewise, it is very important to make contact as soon as possible about your DUI case.

4. MITIGATE. Andrew Rudolphi has represented clients successfully in cases as minor as traffic tickets and as serious as murder charges. In that entire breadth of representation, we consistently implement a two-pronged approach. This is the same for DUI cases. One prong is for the lawyer to analyze the facts and law to see if the prosecution can prove the case or if there are any evidentiary or legal issues with the case. This is especially intensive with a DUI case. The other prong is to mitigate the case by providing suggested actions for you, the client. In a DUI case these usually include, but are not limited to: 

• Obtaining a substance abuse evaluation; 
• Completing a safe driving school; 
• Doing community service, 
• Abstaining from using drugs/alcohol, etc. 

Your Fairfax DUI attorney will be able to elaborate on the measures you should take to strengthen your case and cast you in the best possible light. He will also give you recommendations, when possible, of avenues to accomplishing these tasks.

5. BREATHE. Facing a DUI charge in Virginia is stressful. We understand this and are here to support you. We want you to feel at ease, not only for the success of your case but for your own sanity during this difficult time. We are available to answer your questions, keep you informed, and give you direction throughout this endeavor. At Rudolphi Law, we are always in your corner.