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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_132707411.jpgIf you have been arrested for an OWI for the first time, you are likely scared and unsure of what to expect. Fortunately, a OWI arrest does not automatically mean a conviction and there are things you can do to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Below is some information to help you understand what to expect from a first time OWI arrest and tips on what you should do if you have been arrested.

First-Time DUI Penalties

When you get arrested for an OWI for the first time, you may feel like you are the only one to go through this. It is important to understand that you are not alone—as thousands of people get pulled over for driving under the influence in Wisconsin each year.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_468856877.jpgIf you have a DUI on your criminal record and are searching for a job, you may be nervous about how potential employers will react when they find out about your DUI conviction. Here are some tips on how to explain your DUI on a job application or in an interview and increase your chances of landing the job. 

Is Disclosing a DUI Necessary?

It may be tempting not to mention your DUI while applying for a job. However, if an application asks you about your criminal history, it is important that you reveal your DUI. Since employers almost always run background checks prior to hiring employees, not mentioning your DUI can make you appear untrustworthy. In most cases, hiring managers and recruiters refrain from hiring candidates who were not honest about their criminal history. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_735997507.jpgWhen you get pulled over for a DUI, you will likely feel overwhelmed with thoughts and wonder whether you will lose your license, how your insurance company will react, and who you should talk to first. If you do get accused of a DUI, it is important to follow the following five steps.

  1. Document Everything. You should take the time to write down everything you can remember from your DUI arrest. Doing so can help you build a strong case and may help reduce or dismiss your charge. Some points that are vital to document include:
  • When and where you were stopped
  • Whether a breathalyzer test was administered
  • What the officer communicated to you and vice versa
  • What types of tests the officer conducted

2. Make Your Social Media Profiles Private. If your Facebook page shows pictures of you drinking the night of your DUI arrest, your arrest has a greater chance of turning into a conviction. Even if you are innocent, your photos can be taken out of context and taint your reputation. 

Therefore, you should remove any photos of yourself partying, drinking, or engaging in any type of inappropriate behavior. It is also a good idea to make sure all of your social media profiles are set to private. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_535082767.jpgMost people are aware of the harsh penalties of a DUI. However, many do not consider the emotional effects a DUI can bring. If you have been pulled over for a DUI, you will likely go through a cycle of various emotions that can take a toll on your well-being. Here is list of the six of the emotions you may be left with after a DUI arrest:

  1. Denial and Shock. Following a DUI arrest, you may be in complete shock and deny the fact that the situation actually occurred. Often times, denial and shock lasts for hours, days, and weeks. These feelings are even more likely to occur if you have never been arrested before.
  2. Guilt and Pain. Eventually, feelings of denial and shock fade and replace with emotional pain and guilt. Even though your guilt and emotional pain may be significant, know that you will survive the situation and eventually move on with your life.
  3. Anger. You may also be angry at the police officer who arrested you or the situation itself. This is especially true if you read the police report and find that it does not match what you believe actually took place. You may also be angry at a friend or family member that allowed you to drive drunk or did not offer you a ride or a place to spend the night. Try to avoid feeling angry and blaming others for your arrest as doing so can permanently damage your relationships.
  4. Depression. The penalties that come with a DUI may lead to loneliness and depression. Even after you have paid the price of a DUI, you may go through a period of sadness where you isolate yourself from others and focus on your past. Although it is easier said than done, you should think about the future instead of dwelling on a mistake you made days, weeks, or months ago.
  5. Reconstruction. The reconstruction phase is where your depression and emotional pain subsides and you start to reconstruct your life. During this stage, you begin to work through your emotional and financial issues and figure out how you can improve your future.
  6. Acceptance. The last emotion you may experience is acceptance. While you may not instantly feel happy during this stage, you will accept the reality of your DUI arrest and begin to move on with your life. You may never be the same but you will be a smarter and more conscious driver.

Contact Our Experienced Waukesha County DUI Attorneys Today

If you have been arrested for a DUI, we understand the emotions you are currently facing. By contacting our experienced Waukesha DUI lawyers today at 262-303-4916, you can receive the legal guidance you need to overcome this roadblock in your life and ensure your rights are protected.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_414761317.jpgWhether you love football or simply enjoy the commercials, you will likely be watching the Super Bowl this month. While going out to sports bars and parties to watch the game is fun, it can be dangerous and lead to a DUI if certain safety precautions are disregarded. Here are six tips that can ensure you stay safe and avoid drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday, one of the biggest drinking days of the year:

  1. Have a Plan. Instead of just deciding to drive somewhere to watch the Super Bowl last minute, you should have a plan well in advance. Your plan should determine where you will be watching, who you will be watching with, whether or not you will be drinking, and how you will get home safely.
  2. Designate a Designated Driver. It is a good idea to find a designated driver before going out to watch the Super Bowl. This individual should not drink during the festivities and take on the responsibility of driving you and anyone else who drinks home once the game is finished. 
  3. Provide Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Plenty of Food at Your Party. If you are planning on throwing a party for the Super Bowl, be sure to provide non-alcoholic beverages. You should also make sure that there is plenty of food so that guests who do choose to drink are not drinking on an empty stomach.
  4. Offer Your Home as a Place to Spend the Night. Since the Super Bowl is in February, the weather may not cooperate. If you are the party host and notice that the weather is poor and/or your guests are intoxicated, you should allow them to spend the night at your home.
  5. Utilize Ride Sharing Services. If you are hosting a party or attending one, ride sharing services like Uber can be useful. They can ensure that you or your guests make it home safely and eliminate the need to spend the night somewhere else. Ride sharing services may be a better solution than spending the night because many people have work the next day.
  6. Wear Your Seatbelt. You should always wear your seatbelt when in a moving vehicle. Unfortunately, there may drunk or reckless drivers on the road and you can protect yourself and potentially save your own life by simply wearing a seatbelt.

Contact Our Experienced Milwaukee County DUI Attorneys Today

Even if you do your part in staying safe and avoiding a DUI on Super Bowl Sunday, others may not. If you find yourself in an accident with a drunk driver or get pulled over for a DUI this February 4th, you should reach out to our highly skilled Milwaukee County DUI lawyers at 262-203-4916. 

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