What To Do To Improve Your Situation If You Are Guilty Of A DUI

If you are pulled over for driving under the influence and plan to plead guilty, it is still important that you retain a lawyer to assist you with your case. There are specific steps you can take to improve your situation and hopefully reduce the severity of the consequences that you will have to face.

Enter a Treatment Program

If you know that you are guilty of the DUI and you plan to plead guilty, be proactive to show that you are taking steps to change your behavior and to change your life. Taking voluntary steps to address your drinking issues can go a long way towards improving the outcome of your case.

The first thing you should do is start attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in your area. This will show that you are dedicated towards getting your life on track. Have your attorney do some research and find out if there are particular rehabilitation programs that the local prosecuting office prefers individuals use to address drinking issues. Once you know what programs they prefer, take steps to enroll in one of those particular rehabilitation programs.

That way, when your court date rolls around, you can show that you entered AA right away and that you also entered a treatment and rehabilitative program that the local prosecuting office believes in. Completing a treatment program and attending regular AA meetings may be able to lessen the severity of the consequences that you'll face for your drunk driving charges. 

Do Not Get Behind The Wheel

Generally, when you are charged with a DUI, your license is suspended. Do not for any reason get behind the wheel of a car while your license is suspended. If you so much as get pulled over for a broken taillight, you will be charged with driving on a suspended license. This will make it look to the court like you don't take their consequences seriously, which could result in you facing harsher punishments.

Arrange to carpool, use a cab, use a ride sharing program, ride a bike – do anything but drive a vehicle until you have gone through the steps to either get an occupational license so you can drive for work or a hardship license. If you get one of those types of license, follow the driving restrictions. Once again, not following the restrictions could land you in deeper trouble.

Avoid Drinking

Finally, do your best to avoid the behavior that got you in the position that you are in right now. If you go out drinking and somehow end up getting charged with something like public intoxication or another DUI, it will be much harder for your attorney to argue that you are committed to changing your choices. Even posting pictures of you continuing to drink and party online could come up during your trail and result in you facing harsher punishments.

If you were charged with a DUI and want to plead guilty, work with your attorney to take the steps to lessen the potential consequences that you will have to face.