A DUI arrest can happen to anyone, and you may not have expected to get arrested for driving under the influence after a night out. The surprise of an arrest can leave you wondering what to do next, especially when you face serious penalties for DUI.
In Indiana, and all other states in the country except for Utah, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%, states the Governors Highway Safety Association. If you face charges for driving with a BAC level at or above this limit, there are things you can do to protect your interests after the arrest.
1. Record your personal experience
Write down what you remember from the DUI arrest as soon as possible. Try to include details of everything that happened from the minute the law enforcement official approached your vehicle to when you left jail.
2. Identify any witnesses
Before or during your DUI arrest, people surrounding the area may have seen what happened, especially if you were near a restaurant or bar. If possible, write down the contact information of any witnesses as well as anyone who was with you during the arrest.
3. Gather evidence
In addition to witnesses, other evidence may support your case during hearings. For example, a receipt from the meal you had before the arrest could show that you did not drink alcohol or security cameras from the area could show that you were not showing signs of intoxication.
As you await sentencing for your DUI, be careful not to drink and drive again. You should also refrain from getting into any trouble with the law to prevent additional charges.