I Got Charged With a DUI. What Should I Do Next?

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You were out with the guys having a few drinks and watching the game and thought you were OK to drive… It’s easy to have one too many on a weekend night out with friends… Or maybe it was a happy hour after work? You never thought your night would end with those flashing red and blue lights.

Whatever your specific situation is, when you first get charged with an OVI in Ohio, the process can be confusing and it’s normal to have a lot of questions. And it’s natural to reach out to people in your life, like a friend or family member, for advice. Maybe you know a few people who have been charged with DUIs in the past? While talking to people you trust about your legal situation might help you get a different perspective, all you are gaining is an unprofessional opinion.

You need professional legal advice. You need the advice of a criminal defense lawyer in Delaware who specializes in defending people who have been charged with DUI in Ohio.

The best thing that you can do for yourself is to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney who has the expertise that you need. We understand the urge to research on the internet to exhaustion, but internet research is not a replacement for legal expertise, and cannot answer specific questions directly related to your unique situation. And everyone’s situation is different. It’s best to schedule the consultation as soon as possible, so that there’s enough time to make decisions before your arraignment or first court date. (Sometimes, if there’s enough time, our clients don’t need to attend their arraignment.)

Once you’ve scheduled your consultation, you should gather as much information about your case as you can, in order to be prepared for your consultation. Items and information that are valuable to gather before your consultation include, but are not limited to:

  • Your driver’s license (if it is still in your possession)
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Your citation (or crash report or any other paperwork that you were given by law enforcement)
  • The county you were arrested in
  • Case or citation number
  • History or documentation of any prior charges or convictions
  • Date of next court appearance or arraignment
  • Any other info/documentation that you believe may impact your case

After you schedule your consultation and gather your information, try to relax. You are taking the best steps that you can to defend your rights. We understand it’s stressful. It’s a big deal, but perspective is important. You’ll get through this. Our team and our holistic approach can help you.

At your consultation at The Law Office of Brian Jones, you can expect a full hour-long consult, with plenty of time to meet with one of our experienced OVI attorneys. There, they will analyze the details of your case, answer your questions, discuss our unique holistic approach to OVI defense, and offer you our opinion on what your goals should be going forward (based on the limited information available at the consultation).

You deserve to have your individual case reviewed by a professional OVI attorney, and then and only then, will you have the information that you need to be able to make an educated decision about what is the next best step for you.

Take the first step and call our office at 740-217-4273 to schedule an appointment today.

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