Being arrested is not an everyday occurrence for most people, so if you get pulled over and charged with DUI it can be hard to know how to act. It can be scary to be handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car, and a bit confusing as well. It is important to know some basics about criminal cases, so if you find yourself in the position of facing criminal charges you will be more at ease. The first thing you should know is that the calmer you remain; the better of you will be in the long run. This is true for any type of criminal matter, and there are also some case specific things that are beneficial to know for what to do next.
In a DUI case, the four most common mistakes are:
- Accepting as your “fate” that you do not have a valid defense. Depending on the facts of your case you might be able to get the charges reduced, and maybe even dismissed. Getting to this point takes a thorough investigation and knowing what issues to raise and at what time. A skilled DUI defense attorney will know what to do and what is best for your case.
- Failing to take quick action can also harm your case. In DUI matters you have to defend the DUI charges and also take action in the administrative process regarding suspension of your driver’s license. You only have ten days to ask for a review of your license revocation and if you do not make a request for review you will not be able to do so later.
- Trying to talk your way “out of the ticket” is also a no-no. You are better off keeping your answers short and direct. The more you say the more ammunition you give the officer which can be used against you.
- Driving without a license if you did not receive a provisional license at the administrative review, or did not seek an administrative review. The review is your chance to obtain at least a limited right to drive, and while it does take some time it is well worth the effort. If you think you will be better off foregoing this portion of your case and taking your chances driving without the right to do so, you will likely be charged with that crime as well. This not only means you have to defend two cases against you, but it makes your DUI case more difficult to defend.
Most DUI can be resolved in your favor, or the impact minimized in such a way as to be workable for your schedule. Seeking the help of a knowledgeable defense attorney is the first step you can take towards results that make sense.
If you have been charged with DUI, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.