Let’s assume you were arrested, processed, charged, and released on a written promise to appear in court. After getting a ride home – or hailing a cab – you have some thinking to do.
The first thing you should do is to think carefully about the entire night. If there were any other people in the car, make sure that you have contact information for them. If there were any witnesses to the stop, and you can track down their names and phone numbers, you should do so.
You should also write down notes about the night, including anything you said to the officer or the officer said to you. You should keep these notes confidential, and store them in a safe place that only you can get to.
Next, you should begin looking for an attorney.
If you can afford to hire an attorney, you should do so.
If, however, you are unable to afford an attorney, the State of North Carolina will provide you with either a Public Defender or a private attorney who takes court appointed cases.
The Wake County Public Defender is good, but you should keep in mind that the Public Defenders have high case loads.
If you or family members have the money so that you can hire an attorney, you should consider hiring a top Raleigh DWI lawyer.