WITHIN 3 DAYS - What needs to be done in the first few days after a DWI arrest?
1) Preserving what you remember of the arrest is very important. I highly encourage my clients to write out what happened both before and during their interaction with the police. A trial could be several years away, and details can be important. It is also helpful to ask those who were with you that night to write out what they remember. Collecting receipts and phone records could be the key to the case. The police are going to have their reports to review before they testify. A prosecutor will make the argument that the officer's memory is superior becuase of those reports. We want to make sure we have the ability to claim the exact same thing.
2) Contact a lawyer, of course! While I obviously want your business, many clients decide to talk to several law offices before making a decision. If that is your plan, you certainly don’t want to wait too long. There is a deadline to file for a hearing on your drivers license (called an ALR hearing) that closes 15 days after your arrest. It is best to have a lawyer request that hearing for you. If you would like to talk to an aggressive DWI lawyer about your case, don't hesitate to contact me.
WITHIN 10 DAYS - What should I do within the first 10 days?
Hire a lawyer. While it is a good idea to take some time to think about who should represent you, I recommend people choose their lawyer within 10 days of being arrested. Why?
Well as noted above, the deadline to request your ALR is 15 days from the day of your arrest. By the time this deadline has passed, it is best to have a lawyer on your case. This is where a good DWI defense begins. The ALR process is one we use both to defend your drivers license, and to begin your DWI Defense.
If you want to talk to me about representing you for the DWI, contact my office immediately. We are happy to give you a free consultation about the process, and work with you on payment plans.