If you have recently been arrested for driving drunk, chances are you are in a bit of a rush to get your first DUI off of your rap sheet. After all, many first arrests for DWI and DUI come with long mandatory jail sentences that make the process seem rather urgent. While it may be important to have the case dismissed or to at least reduce the sentence, it is important to take a step back and realize that your first DUI is not the end of the world. In fact, it is far from it.
First and foremost, you are not the first person to be arrested for drunk driving in Louisiana. This does not automatically mean that you will be sentenced to the same fate as those other first offenders. The state of Louisiana has a number of different penalties for those convicted of drunk driving. Each of these punishments has different penalties attached to them, including incarceration. This should not deter you from going after your first DUI.
Unfortunately, you are probably still very angry over your arrest. Keep in mind that your attorney can only help you get the best possible outcome. While you may want to try to fight your case all the way through to the end, your attorney may not have the background or education to adequately do so. As such, you may be dealing with a limited number of choices. Even if your first trial does not go your way, the experience you gain in the process may be invaluable. After all, lawyers usually only practice criminal law for a few minutes at a time before moving onto more complex cases.
If this sounds like it might be a bit overwhelming or you just do not feel comfortable talking to your attorney, there are other resources available to you. One of which is the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) – a professional organization dedicated to helping criminal defendants to take advantage of their right to counsel. If you choose to pursue this option, be sure that your attorney is part of a reputable organization. For example, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is affiliated with the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and is one of the most highly regarded and respected law firms in the country.
Also, there are many online resources available to you. These websites are created to provide advice and information on everything from first DUI charges to the appropriate way to consume alcohol while driving. Because drunk driving is considered a major crime, you should consult with as much information as possible before proceeding with your defense. These online resources are usually devoted to educating the general public about drunk driving as well as providing expert legal advice.
Hopefully, you have learned that your attorney has many resources that will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. In addition, these resources will allow you to learn as much as possible about drunk driving before your first DUI arrest. Remember that your first DUI can be an experience filled with mixed emotions, but if handled properly you can get the experience you deserve. Your attorney can guide you through this difficult and unfortunate period in your life.