What do you do for your first DUI charge

What do you do for your first DUI charge? You prepare. How do you prepare? It is simple: hire an attorney.

Unfortunately, hiring an attorney is not an easy task. Attorneys are busy and expensive. You may not have the financial means to hire an attorney or may not know what attorney is the best.

Step 1: start saving or borrow money

Unfortunately, the best attorneys are the most expensive. Why is that? Because the very best have many clients, and only so many hours in the day.

Michigan drunk driving penalties are strict. Jail, probation, fines and costs, community service, alcohol testing, counseling, and driver license consequences. DUI charges can be complex and require a number of court dates. An attorney can spend many hours reviewing the evidence for a drunk driving charge and preparing for court.

Now is the time to eliminate your excessive phone or cable bill. Now is the time to eat at home, skip the movie and other luxuries and start saving every penny. Most attorneys will require a down payment, but will then work with you on a payment plan.

Step 2: consult with an attorney

Most attorneys will offer a free initial consultation; even the very best that are very busy. Don't waste your time or the attorney's time. Let them know you are prepared to hire an attorney and can put some money down.

Your first attorney consultation is to review what happened from your perspective, make sure you and the attorney are on the same page, and determine if you can afford to hire an attorney.

Step 3: hire the right attorney for you

A DUI attorney should be able to explain the legal requirements of a DUI investigation and DUI arrest.

Michigan drunk driving law requires the police to do a number of different things during a drunk driving investigation and arrest. If these things are not done properly, it can result in a weak DUI charge and thus, a good DUI defense. Your attorney should be able to describe these legal requirements to you in a somewhat understandable way, and describe to you whether these requirements were satisfied or not.

If you are having a hard time understanding your attorney or feel that you are not able to communicate with your attorney, then that attorney is probably not the right attorney for you.

Step 4: listen to your attorney

Don't spend your hard earned money on an attorney that you do not listen too. You hired an attorney for their expertise and advice, so take it!

Your attorney should be able to explain the evidence against you and the evidence in your favor. Your attorney should be able to give you a recommendation as to whether you should plead guilty or go to jury trial. Your attorney should be able to advise you on how to prepare for court and what to say to a Judge. For a first time DUI charge, your attorney will offer lots of advice, and you should seriously consider taking the advice of the attorney you hired!

Start preparing for your first DUI charge by calling Nick Daniels directly at 586-668-1229.