Stressing out about your drunk driving charges is a normal response, especially when you’re worried about the ramifications it can have on your immigration status, that doesn’t make dealing with your situation any easier, but it can help you slow down and focus on the fight ahead. Although the prosecution is probably threatening significant penalties against you, and threats of deportation may come into play, take comfort knowing that most DUI cases result in either dismissed charges, acquittal, or a plea agreement that saves the accused individual from the harshest of penalties while salvaging their immigration status.
So, while you’ll certainly need to devote a significant amount of time toward building your criminal defense, you’ll also want to find a way to take care of yourself while your case plays out. How can you do that? We hope this post will provide some guidance in that regard.
Ways to cope with the stress of a DUI charge
Getting through your criminal case isn’t going to be easy. Yet, there are steps that you can take to alleviate your stress so that you can focus on your case and protect your future. Here are some of them that you can take right now:
- Stop being hard on yourself: We all make mistakes. Despite that fact, we shouldn’t allow our entire lives to be defined by our mistakes. This isn’t to say that you won’t feel pangs of guilt or shame as your case moves forward, but try to focus on the fact that this is just another chapter of your life and one way or another it will come to an end.
- Find support: You don’t have to go through your DUI case on your own, and you shouldn’t. There’s simply too much stress for you to handle on your own. You therefore might find it helpful to surround yourself with your loved ones and even a support group or a mental health professional. Refrain from isolating yourself, as this will just allow your bad feelings about yourself and negative thoughts about the future to fester.
- Focus on your health: Getting plenty of sleep, exercising, and eating a balanced diet can go a long way toward increasing your energy and your positivity. But you’ll also want to avoid turning to alcohol and drug use as a coping mechanism. Falling back on substance abuse as a way to get through tough times is only going to lead to more negativity and put you at risk of further legal jeopardy.
- Build a strong criminal defense: A lot of the stress associated with a criminal charge stems from the uncertainty of the process. Although you won’t know the outcome of your case for some time, you can diligently work to build your DUI defense in a way that gives you an understanding of the possible outcomes you face. So, as you prepare to enter the legal arena, be sure to have a full understanding of the process ahead of you and what defense options are at your disposal.
Prepare yourself for your DUI case
There’s a lot that goes into preparing for your drunk driving case in a way that takes your immigration issues into consideration. There are the legal implications, but also the mental ramifications of being accused of criminal wrongdoing. Even though the process can feel overwhelming, remind yourself that this will eventually pass. What your life will look like at that point will depend on the effectiveness of your criminal defense.
With that in mind, be ready to make the difficult criminal defense decisions that have to be made in your case. That can sound scary, but by educating yourself and surrounding yourself with support, you can and will choose the path that makes the most sense for you in your set of circumstances.