Leaving the bar after a few drinks can seem harmless, but the danger that you put others, and yourself, in can cost you a lifetime. In the instance that you have recently been pulled over and are over the legal limit of drinking, chances are that you’ve been arrested and taken in for a DUI (or OVI, here in Ohio). While the following steps may seem overwhelming, you can trust Susan Gwinn to walk with you through the process so contact the office today to have an experienced and dedicated DUI lawyer in Athens. Now, without further ado, here is what you can expect after you have been arrested for a DUI.
Booking and Processing
The initial moments of your DUI arrest will be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first arrest. As you may have experienced, the car that you were pulled over in will be towed and you will be taken to jail where you will be processed and booked. This is both because you are not sober and are unable to get home, but also because driving drunk is against the law and you’ve allegedly committed a crime. While you may be processed and booked, the ticket will not be given at this exact time.
Spending a Day in Court
When you do finally receive your ticket, you will be required to present yourself in court. It should take roughly a day for your case to be presented to a jury, but at the end of the presentation, you will have to plead innocent or guilty. If you do plead guilty, then the case is over, you are found guilty and are then sentenced. Your plea can be a representation of what you feel, but the support that is derived from the night of your arrest could affect the final say of the jury.
If you are pleading innocent, then you’re not going to want to fight it on your own. You need a defense attorney that will use their years of experience and knowledge of the law to fight for you. Susan Gwinn has represented hundreds of clients over the years and is ready to help you with her vast knowledge of criminal law and how the system works.
These are only two of the steps that you can expect after a DUI arrest, and to be honest, they’re the easiest. While the arrest may have been emotionally difficult, the different steps that follow your verdict will be the ones that are intimidating and seem impossible to overcome. That’s when you need the help of a professional DUI lawyer. Check back next week to see what steps will proceed the initial arrest, until then, go ahead and call our team of DUI defense lawyers let us do anything in our power to help you. You can count on Susan Gwinn Law for representation, to help protect your rights as you navigate through your DUI charge. Susan Gwinn practices law throughout Southeastern Ohio, serving individuals in Athens, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, and Vinton Counties.