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Can You Avoid Jail Time For A First DUI?

When you were arrested for DUI, you may have spent at least a few days in jail. While you were waiting for your court date you bonded out. Now you'll need to prepare to avoid additional jail. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself from behind bars.

Don't Drink and Drive.

If you've been drinking alcohol, you should not drive for twelve hours. Even one drink will impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle. And even if you had any alcohol, you shouldn't drink and drive because it's dangerous.

Call a Lawyer As Soon As Possible After You Have Been Arrested For DUI.

It's important to call an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested for DUI. This is so you can make sure you hire the right lawyer who understands how the legal system works. A good DUI lawyer will also explain what happens during the police investigation, at the arraignment, and when you appear in court.

A Public Defender Will Represent While You While You Are In Jail.

If you've been charged with a crime, you may talk to a public defender. They'll represent you while you're in jail. However, you should only use a public defender if you cannot afford private counsel. Otherwise, you might end up paying in other ways.

We Will Ask For Suspension Of Any Jail Time Or For In Home Detention

There's no guarantee that your judge will grant you probation instead of sending you to jail. That means you could still spend some time behind bars. But there are ways to avoid going to jail altogether. One option is to ask for suspension of any jail time or in home detention. This allows you to serve your sentence at home. We can also ask for credit for any time you have already served.

Remember That When Police Officers Question You That You Have A right To Remain Silent.

If you've been arrested for DUI, you should never talk to police officers without an attorney present. Even if you think you might be able to convince them to let you off with a warning, you shouldn't say anything without legal advice.

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