What to Do After Getting Arrested
The Reid Law Firm handles non-violent criminal defense, which means we see a number of DUI and drug possession cases. Many of our clients are first-time offenders, unsure of what comes next. First and foremost, it is essential to hire a lawyer to handle your case. There will be several steps following your arrest, including an arraignment, potentially a preliminary hearing, and a possible trial and appeal. Along the way, an attorney’s help may be invaluable in lessening your penalties and ensuring that justice is served. Attorneys have the ability to appeal license suspensions, and can better analyze the facts of your case to keep you informed about all your legal options.
The State of Alabama offers many first-time offenders second chances on the condition that they take responsibility for their actions and follow the terms of a pre-trial diversion program. Pre-trial diversion allows the individual the opportunity to have the case dismissed if certain conditions are met. Generally, the client must agree to drug testing, community service, and drug or alcohol classes. An attorney can help educate first-time offenders about qualifying for pre-trial programs and avoiding more extreme consequences. Pre-trial diversion is valuable for anyone who aims to get his or her life back.
Working for Our Clients’ Futures
Though the legal process following a DUI or drug arrest is not always easy, if you show humility and follow the directions given your mistake should not haunt you forever. The majority of those arrested for DUI or misdemeanor drug offenses are not arrested a second time. Sometimes, it takes an enormous mistake to gain the necessary perspective and turn your life around.
Our hope at Reid Law Firm is that clients in these situations are able to reflect and make safe and intelligent choices moving forward. As attorneys, it is a tremendous privilege to see clients overcome the adversity of an arrest and improve themselves and the world around them. In some cases, Reid Law refers clients to counselors who can help them deal with the issues that come from drug or alcohol addiction. Often, we are able to find faith-based counselors free of charge. At Reid Law Firm, we don’t just want to mitigate legal issues, we want to do what we can to put people in the best position possible to move forward and make better choices.