10. Don’t Talk, but Cooperate. Avoid making any oral or written statements to police officers. Make sure not to refuse the evidentiary breath or blood test.
9. Keep All Paperwork- the documents the officer gave you are important, so make sure to keep them in a safe place.
8. Keep the Pink Temporary License with you. This is a valid license for 30 days, but to avoid additional tickets, make sure you have this with you at all times.
7. Get your car out of impound. Pay all fees and avoid additional fees by picking up your vehicle as soon as possible.
6. Contact DMV within 10 days to request an APS hearing.
5. Check Your Phone to see if you can recollect the sequence of events for the entire day of the stop. You check your records of calls, text, emails, facebook, or any other social media to determine the accurate times.
4. Contact Your Witnesses, including everyone that witnessed you drinking or that was with you around the time of the stop.
3. Write Everything Down – include who you were with, what you drank, what you ate, when and where you were stopped, the reason for the stop, what test was given, what did the officers do, where were the officers, and what kinds of test were performed. Criminal cases may take months or even years. The officers have their reports to refresh their memories, so make sure you have yours!
2. Contact DMV to obtain a California Identification Card. Because the officer probably confiscated your dirver’s license, make sure to have some form of a picture identification.
1. Hire the Best DUI Lawyer – Contact the best DUI attorney to help you with your DUI case. All DUI cases are complex, and it is important to have a dedicated and educated DUI lawyer on your side. Not all attorneys handle DUI cases, so make sure you are speaking to a DUI attorney that can not only give you options, but understands how to deal with the courts, judges, prosecutors and officers. Failing to hire an experienced DUI attorney right away can cost you, so make sure to find an attorney you are comfortable as soon as possible.