If you drive under the influence of alcohol, you could become subject to penalties for drinking and driving. Some of these consequences may include the loss of your driving privileges, time in jail, the requirement to pay a fine and the requirement to participate in community service.
In North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, you could face penalties for DUI if you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%. To protect your interests and potentially mitigate the consequences of a DUI conviction, avoid the following after the arrest.
Forgetting your court date
After you get arrested for drinking and driving, you will likely have to attend a hearing to discuss the situation surrounding your arrest. Do whatever it takes to make this court appearance. If you cannot make the original date, let the appropriate party know as soon as possible to reschedule.
Failing to tell your employer
Your employer may need to know about your DUI arrest, especially if you drive to complete any part of your job. Instead of shying away from talking about the issue, be upfront and honest with your employer about your DUI.
Avoiding the consequences
It may seem easier to pretend like your DUI did not happen. But this can only create more challenges later on as you go to court.
After getting arrested for drinking and driving, you may feel anxious, worried and nervous about what is to come. Refrain from avoiding the issue and take steps to protect your interests as soon as possible following the arrest.