January 18, 2023

What to do After Getting a DUI

No one ever thinks it will happen to them, but if it's happened to you, you're probably wondering what to do after getting a DUI.

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Dane Perikly

Director of Virtual Services & DUI Education

Last Update on December 29, 2023

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Facing a DUI charge in Arizona is a serious and often intimidating experience, fraught with legal complexities and personal challenges. But knowing what to do after getting a DUI in Arizona can make a difference.

This guide aims to provide a clear, step-by-step approach to help you navigate the aftermath of a DUI arrest.

From understanding your immediate actions to seeking the right support, these structured strategies are designed to assist you in managing the situation as effectively and calmly as possible.

1. Stay Calm and Assess the Situation:

Don’t Panic: Experiencing a rush of anxiety and distress is a common reaction; however, allowing panic to dictate your actions can be detrimental. Practice deep breathing or mindfulness techniques to regain composure and prepare for the steps ahead.

2. Contact a Lawyer:

Legal Representation: Securing a lawyer experienced in Arizona DUI laws is vital. An attorney can navigate the complex legal landscape, offer detailed advice tailored to your situation, and develop a robust defense strategy.

Know Your Rights: An attorney is not just for the courtroom; they’re also there to educate you on your rights and responsibilities. Understanding what you are legally and not required to do can significantly influence your case’s trajectory.

3. Interacting with Law Enforcement:

Cooperation: Cooperation with law enforcement is important, but it should be balanced with understanding your legal rights. Be aware that you have the right to remain silent and to consult with your attorney before answering questions. This can protect you from inadvertently harming your defense.

4. Seek Support:

Lean on Friends and Family: The emotional upheaval following a DUI arrest can be severe. Reach out to trusted friends and family members who can offer support, lend an ear, and help you manage the practical aspects of your situation.

Professional Support: Don’t underestimate the emotional toll of a DUI charge. Professional counselors or support groups specializing in such experiences can provide strategies to cope with stress, anxiety, and other emotional aspects of your journey.

5. Relaxation and Stress Management:

Find Healthy Outlets: Identifying and engaging in stress-relieving activities can significantly aid in maintaining your mental health. Whether through physical activities like yoga or jogging, creative outlets such as painting or writing, or simply engaging in quiet reflection, find what works for you and make it a regular part of your routine.

6. Educational Courses:

DUI Education Classes: Participating in a DUI education program is often mandated or recommended in Arizona. These courses provide valuable insights into DUI’s legal and personal consequences, promote responsible behaviors, and sometimes offer benefits like reduced penalties. They’re an essential step in meeting legal obligations and committing to safer decisions in the future.

The Journey Ahead

Dealing with a DUI in Arizona is undoubtedly challenging, but with a systematic approach and the right support, you can navigate this difficult time more effectively.

Understanding your legal rights, seeking professional guidance, and taking proactive steps toward emotional well-being are key.

Each DUI case is unique, and personalized legal counsel is crucial in securing the best possible outcome. Remember, following a DUI charge, the steps you take are critical in shaping your future.

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Dane Perikly


Dane is the Director of Virtual services at Cornerstone. He contributes guides on DUI education so that you can understand all there is to know about DUI charges, education, and the overall process of meeting Arizona requirements after a DUI. He cares deeply about raising awareness of the dangers of DUI and illustrating the impact on victims and on those charged. 

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Lionel is the Clinical Director of Cornerstone’s Scottsdale treatment facilities. He has had over 4 years at Cornerstone. He is personally in recovery and passionate about helping others overcome substance abuse and mental health challenges, he is trained as an EMDR, adopting a trauma-informed approach to treat the underlying issues of conditions.

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