DUI Defense: What to Do First?
DWI Defense Attorney in Kansas City
When charged with
DUI in Kansas or Missouri, it is important to take immediate action. A DUI
conviction may result in jail time, fines, driver's license suspension
and more. Doing the right things will assist one's DUI attorney in
obtaining a favorable result of charges. The first thing at this point
is to seek the assistance of a Kansas City, MO DUI Lawyer to provide guidance.
What should your first action be after a DUI/DWI arrest?
During the arrest, it is important to be polite and professional in dealing
with the police officer. During a
field sobriety test, the Officer may ask the individual to perform certain physical exercises.
It is important to communicate any physical disabilities that would interfere
with performance. If wearing high heels, a woman should ask permission
to take them off before walking a line or doing other exercises. During a
breath test, it is important to communicate to the officer any physical conditions
that that might interfere with the reading.
When charged with DUI in Missouri or Kansas it is important to take
immediate action to protect your Drivers License and Criminal Record. In Missouri you have fifteen calendar days to request a Drivers License
Hearing; in Kansas only ten business days. The Drivers License Hearing
is a separate matter from the Criminal charges filed against you in Municipal
or State Court, and the failure to request the Drivers License Hearing
by the deadline means the loss of your Drivers License, with no remedy
After you have been released, in addition to contacting a Kansas City DUI
attorney you should collect all of the facts as you recall them and write
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What were you doing in the hours leading up to your arrest?
- How much and what exactly did you have to drink, what did you have to eat
during that same time? Do you have a receipt from a restaurant or bar
that would confirm this?
What did the officer say was the
reason you were stopped, and did you receive a ticket for that? Do you feel the stop was justified?
Field Sobriety Tests were you asked to perform and how do you feel you did?
Perform the following actions:
- List all potential witnesses present when you were stopped and where you
were prior to the arrest.
- Organize all of your paperwork including tickets, Notice of Suspension
Form (Pink in Kansas, White in Missouri), Bond receipts, bar/restaurant
receipts, and any other documentation given to you by the arresting officer.
Contact the Law Offices of Charles R. Green for a
free consulation on our website.
DUI Lawyer in Kansas City, Kansas
The Law Offices of Charles R. Green aggressively defend individuals charged
with DUI and other alcohol-related criminal offenses. We work to protect
your Drivers License, your Criminal Record, and your dignity in an ever-increasing
impersonal court system. Mr. Green is licensed to practice law in both
Kansas and Missouri, and has been representing individuals charged with
DUI in State Court and the more than fifty Municipal Courts in the area
Contact a Kansas City DUI attorney
for guidance on what to do first in one's defense against DUI charges.