You’re driving home after a night on the town and you see the reds and blues in your rearview. It’s natural to panic, it’s natural to fear the consequences of drunk driving. But take a deep breath – it’s not the end of the world.
Especially if it is your first DUI, it is highly possible to have your charges reduced and penalties lowered. The penalties for DUI are harsh, even for a first offense: you could go to jail for up to one year, be fined up to $1,000 and have to do 96 hours of community service. There is also a heavy social stigma behind DUIs that can affect your relationships and even your opportunities for employment.
A DUI does not make you a bad person, it just means you made a mistake. We get it. These things happen.
Besides the immediate judicial penalties, you also have to think about the bigger picture: how is this DUI going to affect your life going forward? You may have to rethink transportation if your license is revoked, so your work schedule is going to be affected. If you do manage to hold onto your license, you’ll probably have to pay more for insurance.
The best way to start your DUI proceedings is to take the case seriously, and be proactive. You’ll need to get on your paperwork ASAP to protect your driving privileges while the case progresses. And most importantly, seek help.
Our Denver DUI attorneys are prepared to relieve you of the stress and hard work of fighting a DUI charge.