My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
If you're facing DUI charges, now's the time to take action. The first thing you need to do is hire a DUI attorney to represent you in court. The next thing you need to do is take steps to help yourself. You might think that your DUI attorney will do all of the work, but that's not the case. There are still quite a few things that you'll need to do throughout the process. Here are four steps you can take to help your DUI attorney help you.
Be Honest About Your Driving Record
If you've been charged with a DUI, it's important for you to be honest about your driving record. If you have other driving convictions, tickets, and violations on your driving record, you need to talk to your attorney about them. The prosecution will be digging into your driving record. If it's not clean or you've got outstanding violations, the prosecution will use them against you. The best thing you can do is work with your attorney to get your driving record cleaned up before your court date.
Volunteer for Community Service
If you're awaiting trial for a DUI, now's the time to volunteer for community service. If you're convicted of the charges, chances are good that you'll be required to participate in community service anyway. But, once you're convicted, the judge will be responsible for deciding the type of community service you'll perform. If you volunteer to participate in a community service program prior to your court date, you can use that to your advantage during the trial. If you're convicted, the judge may even allow you to count those hours towards your sentencing requirements.
Get a Head Start on DUI School
If it looks like you're going to be convicted of DUI, talk to your attorney about signing up for DUI school. Attending DUI school is a good way to take advantage of the time you have available before your trial. It's also a good way to avoid losing your license. If you show the judge that you've taken responsibility for your actions and have completed a DUI school, they may allow you to keep your license.
Be Available for Court Dates
If you're facing DUI charges, there will be several court dates that you'll need to attend. Failing to attend those court dates can get you into trouble, especially if you had to post bail for your release from police custody. To make sure you don't run into trouble, make sure you're available for all court dates. If you're not sure what your court dates will be, talk to your attorney. They'll make sure you receive reminder messages prior to each of your court dates.
Ask a DUI law attorney like one at The Kaiser Law Group what else you should do.