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Steps to take after a first DUI arrest

The police will arrest anyone they suspect of driving while intoxicated. A mayoral candidate running in Kansas City discovered this when a law enforcement officer arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Although the authorities later released him, he will still need to appear in municipal court to face misdemeanor charges.

In the event a law enforcement officer ever pulls you over for DUI, you need to tread carefully. One mistake could send you to jail or vastly increase the fine you have to pay. You need to seek legal counsel promptly, and follow these steps.

Cooperate with the police

You have a right to remain silent when the police arrest you, and you should seriously consider using that right. Do not make the officers' lives harder or else it will reflect negatively on you in court. When they ask you questions about how much you drank that night, state that you do not want to answer any questions without your attorney present.

Undergo a blood test

Police have field sobriety tests they may administer, but once you are at the station, they may ask you to submit to a blood test. Under Missouri's implied consent laws, you must submit to a chemical test, or the state will automatically suspend your driver's license.

Contact the DMV

Failing the test will also result in license suspension. When that happens, there is still a way you can drive. You will need to submit a formal request for restricted driving privileges, which will allow you to drive to work or school. You may be able to expedite this process by installing an ignition interlock device in your car.

Report to court

At this point, your best bet is to go to court promptly and professionally. Before your court date, write down as much evidence as will help you. Writing down what the police officer said the reason was for pulling you over and other pertinent details can help greatly.

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