Learn How to Recover from the Emotional Experience of a DUI Arrest
Posted on: January 15, 2020
No one wants to be arrested for a DUI and many people who are never expected that they would be in that position. In addition to the legal and financial issues it brings, it can also be a very challenging emotional experience. While the first step is to find the right DUI attorney, the next steps may involve finding ways to recover from the experience. Remember that you can always request a free legal consultation with Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 .
Keep the Facts in Perspective
Yes, you may be facing some serious challenges but it is important to remember the facts. You are far from the first person to be charged with a DUI – and many more people will be after you. Remember too that the worst-case scenarios that are running through your head very rarely come to pass – especially if you have never been arrested for a DUI before. This is an inconvenience but it not likely to be the life-shattering event it feels like right now.
Keep Up an Exercise Pattern
This may sound totally unrelated but the science is clear: Exercising is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. How? By reducing cortisol levels – aka stress hormones – in your body while simultaneously releasing relaxing endorphins that boost sleep.
The best options are to look for exercise that combines help for both your body and mind such as cardio, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, or even something like gardening or other forms of housework. If you have a pet, make a commitment to walk them through the entire neighborhood every day. Just remember that you should talk to your doctor before starting any type of new exercise program.
“Mindfulness” is a popular buzzword but what does it really mean? Simple – it means getting in touch with how you feel in each moment. Examples of mindfulness practice include meditation, journaling, and talk therapy. These can help you to focus on the things in your life that are under your control and the things in life that you do not control and should therefore let go of.
Talk to an Experienced Attorney
Yes, this has come full circle: The most important step to take is to talk to an attorney who can help you understand your options. As we suggested above, it is likely that the situation is not as dire as it currently feels. Even if you failed a breathalyzer, even if you failed a field sobriety test, even if you admitted to what you did, there might be options.
This could include having evidence excluded if it was obtained illegally or negotiating with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced. No matter which route we go, once you have talked to an attorney you will likely feel better about the options in front of you. Contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 to get started.