Just because you have been arrested for a DUI in West Virginia doesn’t mean that you are guilty. You need to take immediate action to obtain the most favorable results in your case. However, there are also certain things you should avoid to not cause further legal trouble.
The following are the most common mistakes people make after a DUI arrest:
- Not hire a lawyer – A first-time DUI in Virginia is punishable by a maximum jail term of six months, a fine no more than $500, and driver’s license suspension. Since you are not familiar with the criminal justice system, you could be vulnerable to serving the highest penalties allowed by law. Your attorney can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process and help you get your charges dismissed or reduced.
- Talk to law enforcement – As soon as you are arrested, the police officer should read you your Miranda rights, informing you of your right to remain silent. While you may believe you can talk your way out of the situation, anything you say can be used as evidence in court. Do not speak to law enforcement until you discuss your case with your attorney.
- Plead guilty – Even if you blew over the legal limit of .08 percent, pleading guilty means that your lawyer loses the opportunity to take more time to investigate your case and determine if law enforcement make procedural mistakes during error or if there are any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
- Drive while your license is suspended – Whether you failed the chemical test or refused to take it, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. However, since many people rely on their vehicles to commute to work, make important appointments, and perform household tasks, they often continue driving despite the suspension. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you could face separate charges on top of your pending DUI case.
If you have been charged with a DUI in West Virginia, contact The Wagner Law Firm today at (304) 461-6000 and schedule a free case evaluation.