Getting arrested and charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, can be scary, especially if this is your DUI first offense. You already know that the penalties for DUI are harsh, as the advertising campaigns put on billboards, radio, and TV have told people for years about how DUI is a serious offense. In fact, you may have even seen such slogans as “DUI – You can’t afford it.” Fortunately, if you are a first time offender, there are some options that you may be able to take that will help you lessen the penalties you are facing in your DUI case. Knowing what these options are is the first step to getting your life back on track after a DUI arrest.
The first step you may want to take is to try to get the charge reduced or thrown out entirely.
If you are unsuccessful in getting the charge plea bargained down or thrown out entirely, you are not completely out of luck!
A third option for getting first time DUI charges reduced or dropped is to appeal to the court, with your attorney’s help, and prove that you are a good person who has not committed other crimes or had numerous other traffic violations.
The key to handling DUI charges and minimizing penalties is to get legal help. A qualified and experienced attorney can assist you in taking any and all steps available to you to lessen the severity of the DUI charges you may be facing.