I Just Got My First DUI — What Should I Do?
To answer the question above: don’t panic! Getting your first DUI offense is undoubtedly a scary situation and the police involved in your arrest and testing are there to enforce the law, not make you comfortable. The thing that many of our clients do not realize is that not only are there viable defenses to eliminate or reduce the charges against you but this is something that the court actually likes to see you be proactive about.
DUI’s are complicated, and working with the prosecutor and judge handling your case requires particular knowledge and experience. This is why you should work with an experienced DUI attorney to try to get the best results possible.
The sentences available to be attached to a Pasadena DUI conviction are designed to accomplish a range of objectives, including: punishment, alcohol and drug education and rehabilitation. Showing the court handling your case that you understand your need for rehabilitation before they tell you shows maturity and accountability. Another thing you can do to try to reduce your DUI charge is to work at Pasadena community service locations. These include:
- Soup kitchens: A DUI is seen as endangering your community so working at a local Pasadena soup kitchen or homeless shelter (Union Station Homeless Services is a great example) is a way to show that you are committed to helping your local community.
- American Red Cross: With one located at 430 Madeline Drive, the American Red Cross is a nationally recognized organization that always welcomes new volunteers.
- Back to the Scene of the DUI: Were you charged with a DUI in an area that could use volunteer work? For instance, if you were pulled over near a local park, look into whether you can pick up trash there. If you were pulled over near a senior citizens center or residential site, consider volunteering at that location. Not only will this show positive actions within the community, it is also a great chance to really give back to the area you impacted the most.
As you can see from the list above, there are a lot of great community service options in Pasadena (and beyond) to explore. Who knows? You may find an organization you want to work with long after you are done dealing with your DUI charge.
If you have recently been charged with a DUI, do not hesitate to call the Liskey Law Firm for help. Time is of the essence in these cases, so pick up the phone today and let’s begin working toward a solution.
The Liskey Law Firm:
At the Liskey Law Firm, we are here to help. We know the impact a DUI can have on your life and we have helped a number of clients in your very situation reduce or eliminate the charges against them. Being proactive with community service is just one example of a successful strategy aimed at reducing the charges against you. Your initial consultation with us is designed to answer your questions about the legal process ahead of you and to come up with a plan that works. Give us a call today. We look forward to working with you.