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If you're facing DUI charges, you should be grateful – grateful for another chance. Things could have been far worse had you crashed and killed someone else, or yourself – be grateful the police officer stopped you before it was too late. Although things could be worse, things might be pretty difficult over the next few months, or years. Here, you'll find a few tips that can help you get through this difficult time as painlessly as possible.
Hire an Attorney
You've already made a pretty big mistake getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink, don't make another mistake by taking on the legal system without a lawyer at your side. The lawyer will work to help you through the entire process while keeping you out of jail, minimizing the length of your license suspension, decreasing the fines and possibly getting the charges dropped.
You see, you're not the only one that has to follow the law – so do the arresting police officers. If they make a mistake, the entire case could be dismissed. A qualified DUI attorney will know what to look for in the police reports – anything that could help, will be pointed out.
In many states, DUI offenders are required to attend some sort of alcohol treatment in order to complete the probation or recovery program. Don't wait for the court to order you into treatment. If you do have a serious drinking problem – you can't get through a single day without having a drink, you should consider an impatient treatment program, but if you are just a casual drinker, attending AA meetings a few times a week may be all that's needed to prove that you've been working to change your life for the better.
In some states, you'll be required to have an Interlock Ignition device installed in your car. This devices is tied into the starter of the vehicle and has a small box that you'll have to blow into before the car will start. If you blow into the device and you have any alcohol on your breath, it will not allow the car to start. Repeated attempts could disable the car until you have it towed to a certified Interlock Ignition service station. Many of these devices take quite a bit of breathing power to take a good reading, so stop smoking now or you'll struggle later.
This is your chance – your chance to change your life. Next time, you might not be so lucky to only be facing DUI charges – it could be a manslaughter charge for killing a kid in another car.