Going through a DUI arrest can be a frightening experience. Once you are released from custody for DUI in Vermont what should you do next?
1. Collect All the Paperwork from Your DUI Arrest.
First, organize and collect all of the paperwork that you received from law enforcement. The documents you will have received could include a Notice of Intent to Suspend Form (also known as a form 240), a citation to criminal court for your arraignment, a civil violation ticket(s), a Uniform Crash Report, an affidavit from the arresting DUI officer, and a Datamaster ticket (if you submitted to an evidentiary breath test at the station or barracks).
2. Read All Your Paperwork, and Submit Time-Sensitive Information As Necessary.
Second, read over all of the paperwork that you received after your DUI arrest in preparation for your meeting with your Vermont DUI attorney.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN THE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUSPEND FORM WITHIN 7 DAYS OF EVENT TO CONTEST THE AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE. FAILURE TO REQUEST A HEARING WILL RESULT IN A DEFAULT SUSPENSION OF YOUR LICENSE ON THE 11TH DAY AFTER ISSUANCE IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT THE REQUEST FOR A HEARING.
This is the civil portion of a Vermont DUI. Here’s more information about civil DUIs and suspension times in Vermont.
If you received a blank Uniform Crash Report, Vermont crash laws require that the accident report be completed and submitted back to the Vermont DMV within 72 hours after the accident.
However, an experienced Vermont DUI attorney can request that the timeline to file the report be extended until your Vermont DUI case is finalized in court. This is important, because the uniform crash report requires a narrative to describe the crash to accompany the report. Any statements, written or spoken, can be used against you in court at a later date, including any statements written pursuant to the uniform crash report. Therefore, it is important to comply with the rule by getting a proper extension to the required time to file the crash report with the Vermont DMV.
3. Make a List of Questions to Ask Your DUI Attorney.
Third, create a list of questions for your consultation with a Vermont DUI defense attorney. Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding DUI arrests and DUI defense. If there’s something we didn’t cover, we would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.