Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime that can have devastating consequences. In 2020, there were over 11,000 traffic fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers, accounting for 28% of all traffic deaths in the United States.
If you are arrested for a DUI, there are three important things you should do:
- Comply with the police. This means being polite and respectful, and following their instructions. Do not argue with the officer or refuse to take a breathalyzer test. Refusing to take a breathalyzer test can lead to an automatic license suspension, even if you are not convicted of a DUI.
- Contact an attorney. A DUI attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and develop a defense strategy. DUI cases are complex, and it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side.
- Appear in court on your scheduled date. If you fail to appear in court, a warrant will be issued for your arrest, and you could face additional charges.
Statistics and Data
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2020, there were over 1.5 million DUI arrests in the United States.
- Alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for 28% of all traffic fatalities in 2020.
- The average cost of a DUI conviction is over $10,000, including fines, court costs, and insurance rate increases.
- A DUI conviction can also lead to a license suspension or revocation, and difficulty finding employment.
Getting arrested for a DUI can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. However, it is important to remember that you have rights. By complying with the police, contacting an attorney, and appearing in court on your scheduled date, you can minimize the negative consequences of a DUI arrest.
Here are some additional tips for dealing with a DUI arrest:
- Do not make any statements to the police that could incriminate you. You have the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning.
- If you are released on bond, be sure to follow all of the conditions of your release. Failure to do so could result in your being jailed.
- Take steps to address the underlying issue that led to your DUI arrest. This may involve seeking treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, or attending a DUI education program.
By following these tips, you can increase your chances of overcoming a DUI arrest and rebuilding your life.