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What to Do After a DUI Arrest

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After a DUI arrest in Alexandria, VA or Washington D.C., there are several things that happen within the criminal system and a few things to do to protect yourself.

The trusted criminal defense attorneys at S.L. England, PLLC wants to make sure you get the kind of defense you deserve in the Washington D.C./Alexandria, VA metropolitan area. Schedule your consultation by calling (202) 759-2333 or complete our online contact form today.

What to Expect After a DWI/DUI Arrest

A DUI arrest involves a separate administrative process and criminal procedure. The administrative process deals with the automatic suspension of your driver’s license, which you can (and should) appeal by requesting a hearing. Apart from the administrative process, there are certain criminal procedures and court appearances you should expect directly or soon after an arrest for a standard DUI. Here is a summary of what the latter entails.

  1. Vehicle Tow: Upon your arrest, your vehicle will be inventoried and then towed. Information regarding the whereabouts of your vehicle will be provided to you. You will have to pay a fee before you are able to retrieve your vehicle from the towing agency.
  2. DUI Booking: Directly after you are taken into custody under the suspicion of driving under the influence, you will be booked. Booking involves the taking of your personal information, like:
    1. name
    2. address
    3. birth date
    4. physical features.
    5. When you are brought to the jail, an observation period begins with a breath test. If you refuse the breath test, the police may request a warrant for a blood test. The blood test is more invasive and produces more accurate and reliable results. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may spend the night in jail, or you may be released on your own recognizance.
  3. Arraignment Hearing: An arraignment can be held the very next day or it can be held 7 – 10 days after an arrest if you posted bail or were released on your own recognizance, the latter means you promise to appear for all future court appearances – when required – and to not engage in criminal activity during the duration of your case.
  4. DUI Bond/Bail: You may be released on your own recognizance. If you are not released on your own recognizance, a bond hearing may be set (or you may have to request one). The court will then decide on the facts and circumstances what amount is sufficient for your release. Fortunately, most alleged DUI offenders, especially first timers, are not a flight risk or a safety risk to the public. If bond is set, you should know there are two types of bonds:
    1. secured bond, which is a bond paid in the form of cash or property; or
    2. unsecured bond, which is a bond where you promise to pay a certain amount of money if you fail to meet the bond conditions.

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If you have been charged with a DUI in Alexandria, VA or Washington, D.C., trust our skilled defense attorney to help your case. Our skilled attorney will work closely with you to develop a defense strategy designed to return the best outcome of your unique circumstances.

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