After a DUI arrest, your whole life feels thrown off course. A single mistake could cost you your career and future, but it doesn’t have to. Although having a DUI on your criminal record (or a criminal record at all, for that matter) could complicate certain things, a DUI arrest is also a learning opportunity.
When you want to move forward after a DUI, here are four steps you can take to start moving in the right direction.

Follow Through with Legal Obligations

Whatever you do, do not miss your court date. Talk to a defense attorney, and don’t try to take the easy way out of anything. If you were arrested for drunk driving, you won’t be able to convince a judge that you weren’t.
As long as your blood alcohol count was over your state’s legal limit, then you have committed a DUI. Now, you need to be fully cooperative and work to find a solution that both adheres to the law and benefits you most in the long-term.
You may not have to face jail time, but you could be required to be on parole or do mandatory community service. You might also be ordered by a judge to attend rehab or undergo some form of alcohol training. Make sure that you do this by showing up on time, actively participating and gaining as much value as you can from the experience.

Make Sure You Have the Right Resources

Whether it’s a 24 hour bail bonds agent or a DUI lawyer, find the proper parties to help you handle your case and work through the legal and financial consequences of your arrest.
You shouldn’t attempt to do anything on your own right now; you can receive help and support from others while still taking full responsibility for your actions. Sometimes, the most responsible thing to do is seek others’ advice and assistance.

Assess Alcohol’s Role in Your Life

Was your DUI a one-time thing, or is this a wake-up call that you may have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol? Do you drink to cope with stress, depression or anxiety? Maybe you have begun to drink more recently after a change in your life, be it the death of a friend or family member or losing your job.
If you even so much as suspect you might have a drinking problem, talk to your doctor and seek out help. You can attend a local Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for free, or you may want to consider checking into a rehab.
Learn more about the signs of a high-functioning alcoholic and warning signs of a drinking problem here and here.

Start to Make Plans for the Future

The consequences of a DUI won’t last a lifetime if you don’t want them to. Start to develop an action plan for how you’ll drink and act differently in the future. You may decide that you will only ever drink two drinks at a single event, or you will arrange to have a designated driver before you ever go out somewhere where you intend to drink.
As long as you try your best to learn from your experience, seek help if you need it and follow through with your legal convictions, you’ll be able to move forward and recover.

Author's Bio: 

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.