Being arrested for DUI can be confusing. Most people are unsure how to react and become flustered when trying to figure out what they can do versus what they shouldn’t do. The way you behave during the initial stop can set the tone for your entire case, so it is important to understand some DUI basics. Knowing what to do is critical, but it is even more crucial to know what not to do if you are pulled over for DUI.
Florida statutes define a DUI as driving with blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or more. The penalties range from probation to jail time, depending on whether this is your first offense or if you have faced DUI charges before. In order to help yourself out, here is a short list of some of the things NOT to do if you are stopped on suspicion of DUI:
- Do NOT become belligerent with the officer, but rather remain calm and answer any questions politely.
- Do NOT offer too much information, provide short and simple answers without admitting anything.
- Do NOT let too much time pass after the arrest before you contact an attorney.
You only have 10 days after the date of arrest to request a review of the suspension of your driving privileges. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to seek a review and you will lose your license! We make sure your rights are protected, and that the criminal aspect of your case is aggressively defended. Allow us to help get you back on the road again, while developing a defense to the criminal DUI charge against you.
If you have questions about DUI cases and what NOT to do, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.