DUI Strategic Planning Worksheet

If you were just arrested for DUI, this worksheet might help you plan the best way to fight the charges pending against you.

At Sammis Law Firm, we focus on DUI cases. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case. Bring this worksheet with you to the meeting or ask us for a copy.

  • The DHSMV Administrative License Suspension

__ the attorney will demand the “formal review hearing” (FRH) within 10 days of the arrest.

__ the attorney will obtain the 42-day permit when the FRH demand is made.

__ pick up the 42-day permit from the attorney’s office before the 10th day after the arrest.

  • Evidence Request – your attorney will help you obtain the following documents:

__ Police Reports;

__ Witness Statements;

__ Dash Cam Video showing the driving pattern and roadside investigation;

__ Video of Backseat Transport to Jail; and

__ Video of Reading of Implied Consent Warning / Video.

  • Court Dates – your attorney will email you a notice about any court date for the following:

__ Arraignment

__ Disposition Hearings

                      __ sign waiver of appearance form

__ Motion Hearings

__ Motion to Dismiss

__ Motion to Suppress or Exclude

__ Motion in Limine

__ Pre-Trial Conference

__ Jury Trial

__ Request Bench Trial

__ Request Jury Trial

__ Direct Appeal

  • The Arrest

__ Determine eligibility to or expunge the criminal history record (arrest record and mugshot)

  • Bond

__ Seek Return of the Cash Bond Paid

Potential Outcomes

  • DUI Sanctions

__ Conviction / Adjudication vs. Withhold of Adjudication

__ Fines and Court Costs

__ Jail or Probation

__ DUI School

__ Follow-up treatment

__ Court ordered driver’s license suspension

__ Vehicle Impound

__ Ignition Interlock Device

__ Enhancement

__ Prior Convictions

  • Reduction to Reckless Driving
  • Reduction to Careless Driving
  • Prosecutor Drops Charges
  • Judge Dismisses Charges
  • Expunction or Sealing of Criminal History Record

Defense to Dismiss DUI

  • __ Illegal Stop

__ no probable cause for the stop

__ no reasonable suspicion for the stop

__ illegal checkpoint

__ no reasonable suspicion to request field sobriety exercises

__ prolonged detention

  • __ Motion to Suppress Statements

__ Miranda Warnings Not Read

  • __ Motion to Exclude Breath Test Results

__ lack of compliance with administrative rules

__ monthly inspection

__ annual inspection

__ subject test error

  • __ Motion to Exclude Blood or Urine Test

__ no warrant

__ no exigent circumstances

__ not free and voluntary

  • Motion to Exclude Field Sobriety Exercises

__ Improper Administrative

__ Improper Evaluation

  • __ Inconsistencies in the police report

This article was last updated on Monday, December 19, 2022.