If you have been arrested for and/or charged with a DWI in Arkansas, you face serious penalties such as jail time, fines, and license suspension. However, there are certain actions you can take to either get your charges reduced or your entire case dismissed. Many people make mistakes that typically jeopardize their chances of obtaining the best results possible.
The following are the most common mistakes that may have a negative impact on your pending DWI case:
- Assume that you are guilty. Perhaps the most fundamental error that people often make in their DWI case is pleading guilty. Remember, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the prosecution.
- Make incriminating statements. No matter how much you try to explain your situation, nothing will help your case. Rather, all of the information you provide may help police gather more evidence against you. Keep in mind, you have the right to remain silent after arrest.
- Fail to reinstate your driving privileges. Without your driver’s license, it can be difficult to commute to work, attend classes, drive to important appointments, and conduct your day-to-day life. Within seven days of receiving a notice of suspension/revocation after your DWI arrest, you can schedule an administrative hearing in order to contest the suspension and regain your driving privileges. Driving on a suspended license can lead to additional penalties.
- Fail to obtain experienced legal representation. To avoid committing any type of mistake after an arrest, it is imperative to hire a DUI attorney. Make sure your lawyer is trained to handle DWI cases and does them regularly with successful outcomes.
If you have been arrested for DWI in Arkansas, request a consultation with our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Paul Ford today.