Most people get pulled over for traffic infractions but being pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving is a very different scenario. Remember that if you are stopped on suspicion of DUI, the officer will watch everything you do very carefully and the officer will keep track of everything you say.
If the officer believes you are intoxicated, he may ask you questions about where you have been, how much you have had to drink, where you are going on to submit to a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. The results of these tests, and/or refusing to take the tests which is perfectly legal, means you might be arrested under suspicion of DUI.
Because DUI is such a serious issue, we have prepared our top 3 tips for what to do when facing DUI charges.
1. Contact a DUI Defense Attorney.
First and foremost, it is important to contact a DUI defense attorney as quickly as possible. A DUI arrest often leads to criminal charges, so it is important to secure quality legal representation from an DUI Defense Attorney. Contacting an attorney early on in the process means you will be able to get more than just representation in court. It really means that you will also have access to sound legal counsel to guide you along the way and an advocate that can protect your rights in the courtroom if your DUI charges go to trial.
2. Take Notes and Document Everything that Happened When You Were Arrested.
It is important as soon as you are charged with DUI to document everything that happened the night you were arrested. This will help your attorney prepare for any DUI charges the State may bring against you as well as prepare a proper defense regarding the search, the arrest and the charges. As soon as possible, write down things like where you were, who you were with, what time you were stopped, what the officer said to you, what you said to the officer, how much you had to drink, how much time passed between your last drink and the time you were arrested, were your Miranda Rights read to you, whether you agreed to a field sobriety test, what was said to you about a field sobriety test, etc. As much detail as you can provide will give your DUI Attorney a complete understanding of the arrest and allow your lawyer to properly fight your DUI charges.
3. Be Careful About What You Say.
If you are suspected of DUI, the officer will try to engage you in conversation to get you to say and do things that will make easier to arrest you and charge you with DUI. Remember anything you say can and will be used against you in Court. Admitting to drinking and driving is almost a sure way of being convicted of the DUI charges. Lying is never a good idea, especially to the policy. If you don’t want to answer the officer’s questions, politely decline. Tell them that you want to talk to an attorney before answering any questions. It is better to be cautious and quiet than talkative behind bars.
Why Hire Us For Your DUI Charges?
Drunk driving is a criminal act with serious, long-term consequences. Our DUI Defense Attorneys have experience in handling hundreds of DUI cases. We are led by a former prosecutor who knows the ins-and-outs and tricks-and-traps of DUI law. If you are facing DUI charges call our DUI Defense Attorneys today at (702) 433-2889 or get more information by contacting us through our on-line form. We can help.