News travels fast, whether you want it to or not. After getting a DWI, people tend to look at you differently. The embarrassing stares can leave you feeling vulnerable.

Beyond feeling vulnerable, you may worry about jail time, losing your license or getting fired. Although you can’t avoid your DWI becoming public knowledge, there are steps to ensure your sentence can be minimal.

What do I do first?

One of the best ways to protect your livelihood during this time is to hire a strong attorney. Your attorney can help you combat the charges against you and take the necessary actions to save yourself from further damage. The most detrimental thing that can happen to your reputation is the loss of your livelihood, your license and, worst of all, going to jail. By reaching out for help, you can save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run.

What else can an attorney do for me?

Your attorney can help you in your public relations battles as well. All the questions that are directed towards you can be smoothly maneuvered with an attorney at your side. They can help you find a better way to respond to queries your employers, the public or the media might have.

Of course, it’s always better to be honest, but your attorney can help you navigate honesty that shines the best light on you. Any statements taken can be used against you in a court of law. It’s best to stay on the safe side and allow guidance from your attorney.

What happens if I get convicted?

You cannot shelter any convictions from the public. A DWI will appear on your public record and it will be public knowledge. Furthermore, a DWI conviction cannot be expunged. This conviction will stay on your record. Knowing that should push you to find the best help so you possibly can be saved from this nightmare.

When your reputation is on the line, everything is up in the air. You shouldn’t take any chances. A DWI arrest is not the end of the world and will eventually go away. After a while, people will forget, and your reputation will continue as if nothing happened. When worrying about your reputation and how to protect it, leave it to the professionals to guide your way.