If you’ve been accused of drinking and driving, your reputation and life as you know it can be at risk of changing in a number of ways. Your family may be disappointed, friends may look down on your choices or your workplace may even let you go due to provisions in your contract. Many things change with a DUI conviction; you could lose your car, be imprisoned or lose your license for good. You could face fines and other penalties, too.

When you’re in a situation where you face DUI charges, it’s important to speak with your attorney about your options. You may be able to work through an alcohol rehabilitation program to reduce your sentence, for instance, or an attorney may be able to have your case thrown out in a situation where evidence wasn’t properly obtained.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself. You have only a week to request a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or else you may lose your license and be unable to drive legally. A DMV hearing can be conducted over the phone, which makes it easier to contact the DMV, especially if the weather is poor or the area is very rural. In some cases, your attorney can take this step and make your case for you, so you don’t have to participate in the call at all.

Our website has more information about DMV hearings and what they do for you. Learn more about the creative solutions to your plight there, so you can find out all the ways you can fight your case.