As you may know, a DUI conviction can result in severe and expensive consequences, even for first-time offenders. Common penalties in Maryland include license revocation, fines and possible jail time.
There may seem little you can do to improve your circumstances once formally charged but don’t give up just yet. Taking just a few simple steps in the hours following your arrest may make all the difference in your case.
Document the events thoroughly
Take some time as soon as possible to create a detailed account of all the events associated with your traffic stop and arrest. Memories can fade quickly, especially those made during a stressful encounter with law enforcement. You want to put what you remember in writing before your memories slip away.
It is critical to be as detailed as possible when documenting the incident, as it may offer you and your counsel some strategic advantages. For example, your memories could reveal police errors you can use in your defense.
Learn about the law
Many believe all DUI convictions are essentially the same, posing similar consequences, but that is not true. Several factors may play a role in the specific charges you face. For instance, prior DUI convictions going back five years from your current arrest could result in increased penalties if convicted.
Another reason to learn more is that laws can and do change quickly. Up-to-date knowledge ensures you understand exactly what is at stake (your freedom, savings, etc.) in your case.
Don’t give up on defending yourself. With proper guidance and support, a chance to minimize your situation and possibly avoid a conviction is within your reach.