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What to do after a DUI arrest

Drivers need to be aware of how much alcohol they consume before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, alcohol-related crashes are most likely to occur between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. 

A DWI arrest is an unnerving experience. Many people have no idea where to start or what their rights are. There are certain actions to take within the first few days to enhance the likelihood of getting the charges dropped in court. 

Return to the scene and college testimony

People can collect evidence independently. Go back to the area where the arrest took place. Make note of any strange characteristics of the street. People should also speak with anyone they were with that night before the arrest happened. This can include acquiring testimony from friends or acquaintances. People should also collect testimony from bartenders or waiters they saw because those employees can attest to how much alcohol the person actually consumed that evening. 

Speak to an attorney

Within two or three days, people also need to speak with a lawyer. Preferably, they should find an attorney who has experience with DWI cases. While there are numerous lawyers in the area, most will typically try to get people to obtain a plea bargain. Drivers facing jail time should always look into attorneys who will fight for their rights. 

Request an Administrative License Revocation hearing

Within 15 days, people need to request hearings in front of a judge from the Texas Department of Public Safety. At this hearing, the judge determines whether to suspend a person's license on suspicion of DWI. Additionally, this is the first time for drivers to confront the officer who arrested them. An attorney can accompany a person to this hearing and defend him or her. It is possible to lose the hearing and have a license suspended but go to court later and have the charges dropped to avoid jail time. 

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