4 Key Steps to Take After Getting Charged With a DWI

Whiskey with car keys and handcuffs concept for drinking and driving

People get charged with DWI’s every day, 4 million people each year. And it’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this, you or someone you know has recently gotten charged with a DWI, and now you’re wondering what to do next.

Below we’re going to give you some advice to help you handle your case in the best way possible. Read on now and find out what to do after getting a DWI.

1. Post Bail

In most places, if you’ve gotten charged with a DWI, you’ll get arrested and held until you’ve sobered up. Once you’re sober, the first step you need to take is posting your bail to get out of jail if you have one.

You should contact close family members and friends, or if you want to take another path, you could always call a bail bondsmen. Bail bonds will allow you to pay a small percentage of your bail with the agreement that you will show up for your court date, or else your bond will be revoked.

2. Contact a Lawyer

The next thing you need to do is contact a lawyer that specializes in DWI cases. They’ll be able to tell you what you should be doing as your court date gets closer.

A lawyer’s job is also to educate you about the consequences of your actions. They might have you read about possible consequences by telling you to learn more information on the topic here.

When you’ve got the right lawyer on your side, they can help you get a lesser penalty than if you didn’t have a lawyer at all.

3. Have a DMV Hearing

We understand you’re wondering why you need to have a hearing at the DMV as well as a court hearing. You should have a hearing with the DMV within a week or so of being charged.

If you don’t have a hearing with the DMV, your license will be suspended. If you drive with a suspended license, that brings another set of issues you won’t want to deal with.

4. Get Ready For Court

After all, this is done, you’ll get ready to be arraigned. During the arraignment hearing is when you’ll enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Depending on the area you live in, it might not be necessary for you to show up to court because all that’s needed is your lawyer. The consequences for a DWI charge can be jail time, fines, community service, a combination of a few of them.

If you do have to be present in court, ensure that you’re on time.

What To Do After a DWI Charge?

There are several steps you need to take after being hit with a DWI charge. You need to contact a lawyer and figure out how much your bail is going to be.

Once you’ve gotten that taken care of, you’re going to need a way to relax. To do that, you should check out some of the posts in this section.