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I have recently been arrested for a DUI but I have not been charged with anything. I have never been in trouble with the law before my whole life (dont have a criminal record) and I am really scared.
Honey, if you've been physically arrested, you have indeed been charged with something. Sorry to have to introduce you to the world of criminal justice, but you need to understand some basic things before you can mount a defense or even make an informed decision about whether to plead guilty or go to trial.
There's a difference between being charged
with a crime and being convicted
of that crime. A criminal charge is nothing more, and nothing less, than a written notification to a court of law that a) there is reasonable suspicion that you did something illegal, and b) you are being called before the court to answer the allegations against you. All persons arrested in the United States are presumed innocent; the state has to prove its case. And since you have not pleaded guilty or been told by a judge that you're guilty of DUI, you don't have a conviction as yet.
You will want to hire the best attorney you can possibly afford, preferably one who is familiar with DUI and can advise you on when you should notify your employer and the BON. I think each state has its own rules, but this is where a competent lawyer can save your career, so follow his/her advice to the letter. When you appear in court, be sure to dress conservatively, behave respectfully, and speak only when spoken to (whatever you do, DON'T volunteer any information---this is not a time to develop a case of verbal incontinence).
And.......whether you truly have an alcohol problem or not, please consider attending a few sessions of AA, Rational Recovery, or a similar self-help group. You may gain some insight, and participation will make you look better in the eyes of both the court and the BON.
Wishing you the best......just don't do this again, OK?