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Do not hinder your defense after a DUI charge


Whether it is your first time facing a DUI or your third, you are still entitled to a defense by a qualified attorney who knows how to protect your rights. The deeper your criminal record goes, the harder it can be for you to get a job or have a successful life in your future. As your attorney works to build a case to keep you out of jail or your record clean after you are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher, you can help by not sabotaging your own defense in the following ways.

Do not drive if your license is suspended

If you get pulled over and fail the field sobriety or breathalyzer test, you are likely going to lose your license immediately. While you are waiting for your case to be settled or tried, one of the worst things you can do is drive with a suspended or revoked license. If you have lost your license because of a DUI charge, play it safe and have a friend or family member provide transportation, or take advantage of public transportation.

Do not vent about your case on social media

In today's world, everyone takes to social media to vent about everything from prices of groceries to dangers all over the world. The last thing you want to do is talk about your case on social media because anything you post can be used against you in court. Even if you delete the post, it may still be accessed regardless of how private your social media settings are.

Do not ignore your court date

If you are given a court date and do not show up, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest. While you are waiting for trial, you could end up behind bars rather than out free because you did not show up for a court date. It also looks bad on your record and may undermine your desire to cooperate. Missing a court date reflects very negatively on your record.

Do not keep partying

If you are facing a DUI charge, it may be time to take a break from the partying lifestyle and settle down until your case is resolved. If you continue to party and get in trouble, it can reflect very negatively on your character and show that you are not taking the charge seriously.

Seek the opinion of an expert

An attorney can provide experience and representation when you are dealing with a DUI charge. You take chances with your future when you do not have the right people on your side. We encourage you to consult an attorney today to discuss your defense.

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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