Life After Your DUI Conviction
If you were arrested or charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), you should contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to help you build your case and help you attempt to dismiss your case, or at a minimum reduce your charges. However, if you were already convicted of a DUI, you may feel as if your life will never be rebuilt. DUI convictions typically face severe and harsh penalties and may include steep fines, the requirement to go to rehabilitation classes, the installation of an interlock device on your vehicle, or even jail time. Learn how you can have hope after a DUI conviction and begin to get your life back on track and make positive decisions for your emotional and physical health.
If you have been released from jail, or if you were convicted of a DUI without any jail time as a first-time offender, you should consider going to rehabilitation even if it is not required by the court. Oftentimes, a person convicted of a DUI has a drug or alcohol abuse problem that needs to be addressed. If you believe you may have any type of drug or alcohol problem, considering an in-patient and out-patient setting.
Seek Professional Help
You may feel that you need help with your alcohol or drug addiction, but do not have the time or money to spend on a rehabilitation clinic. Consider visiting with a medical professional regarding your addiction or substance-abuse issue. Additionally, you could also visit with a counselor, pastor, or join an established recovery group such as Alcoholics Anonymous. If one does not work for you, do not lose hope, and try another avenue. Oftentimes, you will need to find the best fit for you to help you with your recovery.
Install an Ignition Interlock Device
You may have been required by the court that an ignition interlock device must be placed in your vehicle. This device will not allow your car to start until a testing of your breath for traces of alcohol has been completed successfully. However, if you make the decision to leave (or install) an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, you will reap the reward. DUI arrest rates are reduced by 70% for those who have an ignition interlock device in their car. While not mandatory, having this device in your car will be an additional type of insurance that you remain sober while driving, keeping you and those on the roadways safe.
Create a New Life
Consider finding a new hobby and creating a new life for yourself. Surround yourself only with family and friends that are supportive of your decision to take a new path in your life other than drinking or doing drugs. Find activities that will allow you to be more emotionally or physically fit. Consider what environments will better help you on the road to recovery and to give you your best chance at your new start after a DUI conviction.
Let Us Help You Today
If you are facing a DUI charge, contact our experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal attorneys at the offices of Joyce A. Julian, P.A. We can help you determine if you have the basis to reduce your charge or have your case dismissed. Contact us at 954-467-6656 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation.