Unfortunately accidents happen; if you are involved in a drunk driving accident, follow these steps to keep the short-term and long-term negative effects of your accident to a minimum.
At the Scene of your DUI accident
Know your rights: As with any police encounter, you have a right to refuse to answer questions the police ask you at the scene of the accident. It is in your best interest to be polite in your dealings with the police office, but to refuse to answer any sensitive questions until you have spoken with a criminal lawyer. However, you are required to submit to a chemical blood/breath test upon request of a peace officer.
Do not refuse to take a BAC test: Failure to take a blood test (unless you are a hemophiliac) or breathalyzer may result in an automatic one-year suspension of your driver's license for a first-offense.
As Soon as Possible
Contact a lawyer: Call a reputable DUI attorney as soon as you have the opportunity. The earlier that you secure a good DUI lawyer to represent you, the better your chances of having the terms of your legal punishment reduced or thrown out.
In the Days and Weeks Following
Prepare your case: Work with your DUI attorney to prepare the strongest possible case. An attorney who is familiar with DUI/DWI laws will know what the best strategies are for reducing your fines, keeping your jail time to a minimum, and helping you get your driver's license back as soon as possible.
Depending on the severity of the DUI accident you have been involved in, your near future may seem overwhelmingly bleak. A dedicated and experienced criminal lawyer who specializes in DUI/DWI cases can help mitigate the impact the conviction will have on your future.