The first thing an individual should do after their release if they have been charged with a DUI in Arlington, is write down a page or two narrative of every single thing that happened leading up to the DUI: where they were coming from, where they were going, the exact statements every person they encountered made, what statements they made with them, and all things that may be useful for their Arlington DUI lawyer to consider when drafting a defense.
The person can do this either before or after they conduct a search for an attorney representative, but it should be done as soon as possible because a person’s memory may change over time so it is important to preserve this vital information as soon as possible.
Additionally, there are various steps a person should take, as well as avoid, after a DUI in Arlington. For this reason, it is crucial for a person to contact an attorney as soon as possible after being charged with a DUI to ensure they are acting in their best interest. A lawyer can help guide a person on what they should and should not do in their case in order to make sure they have the best opportunity to combat the charges against them.
The way to handle insurance depends on the person’s individual insurance company and their relationship with the insurer, but if they are convicted of a DUI offense, they will be typically required by the Virginia DMV to obtain high-risk insurance.
It is only necessary for a person to talk to their insurance about a DUI if they are convicted of a DUI. If they are convicted, they will likely be required by the DMV to show a proof of high-risk insurance.
Additionally, it is a bad idea to try to speak with an insurance company before speaking with an attorney. If a person does speak with the insurance first, there is nothing to prevent Arlington law enforcement from then going to the insurance company and getting a statement from the insurance company to use against the person. Therefore, it is best for a person to give the insurance company minimal information in order to ensure that they are complying with the insurance policy requirement, however, they should refrain from giving additional incriminating information to an insurance company unless you have to so as to make sure they are still acting in their best interest.
A person should try to keep their circle of persons of information in their case as tight as possible and not necessarily create witnesses that could be used against them. They certainly want to involve their attorney first, maybe close family members, but it is not something that they should necessarily broadcast on social media or in other avenues.
They should also understand that the after a person has been charged with a DUI offense, any admissions they make in a public sphere can be used against them in the future.
Patrick Woolley Attorney At Law