Driving under the influence is a serious crime that can bring major consequences. However, just because you are arrested doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to be convicted of the crime. In fact, as long as you know what to do and what not to do, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome for your case, which could mean reduced or even dismissed charges.
What You Should Do
If you are pulled over on the pretense of a DUI, there are certain actions you should take to protect yourself. Everyone has the right to not incriminate themselves so make sure you take advantage of that right. First and foremost, you have every right to request speaking with a DUI defense attorney about your case as soon as possible. All you need to do is request to speak to an attorney. Provide the officer with your license and registration as requested. It is never a good idea to deny this information. Instead of the breathalyzer test, ask for a blood test at the hospital for more accurate results. Finally, be sure you are courteous toward the officer. Belligerence will only cause more troubles down the road.
What You Shouldn’t Do
In addition to knowing what you should do, it’s critical to make sure you avoid certain behaviors that can incriminate yourself and seal you into the maximum punishment possible for your offense. Never agree to take any kind of blood alcohol test until you talk to one of our DUI attorneys. You should also respectfully decline to answer questions and never agree to be videotaped because this can all be admissible evidence. Don’t take the eye test, submit to any field sobriety tests or admit to anything on the scene. It’s also important to avoid trying to talk your way out of the charges or to be rude to the officer in any way. The key is to stay positive and friendly.
While there are exceptions to these rules, they do apply in most cases. The problem many people encounter with a DUI is they are already convicted before they enter the court room due to things they said or did while on the scene. It’s important to keep your cool and insist on talking to an attorney before you do or say anything. We will be able to guide you through the process to increase your chances of a better outcome.