Drinking and driving is a huge offense in the Cook County area. As a lawyer that handles a majority of criminal and DUI cases, I have seen various different types of scenarios play out in terms of DUI’s – everything from horrible accidents to misunderstandings.
Today I am going to walk you through exactly what you should do once you are charged and arrested for driving under the influence.
First, once you are charged, do not talk to the police. Anything you say can and will be used against you. In a state of inebriation it can be hard to remember to keep to yourself, especially if the cops are badgering you with questions (as they often do). As soon you are in custody, call your lawyer and let them know exactly what happened. Good lawyers will come immediately to speak on your behalf and advise you as to how you should proceed.
Next, do not panic. Often times, when charged with a DUI, individuals will let their emotions get the best of them. This can lead to yelling matches or physical altercations with the police. Please understand that they are trying to protect the citizens of the community you are in. Yes, this entire ordeal is a fiasco but yelling or hitting an officer can lead to much, much worse penalties.
The last step is to have your finances in order. Lawyers often require a retainer for this type of work. Not only that, the fees associated, if charged, will be high. However, our law firm and our sister law firm, Feldman Criminal Law, works extremely hard to make sure our clients receive the minimum legal amount. We’ve proved this time and time again with past clients.
Written by Eric Cohen, legal intern summer 2014 at Feldman Defense: Criminal Lawyer in Chicago. Continue reading