Even though there are plenty of television shows and movies about the law, the reality is not as glamourous. There is no red carpet rolled out for attorneys when they show up to Court, and there is usually not a “smoking gun” of evidence. And just because Marisa Tomei was able to catch the prosecuting attorney off guard in My Cousin Vinny, times like these are few and far between in the real world. So it is not surprising to learn that when people are arrested and charged with a crime, they are not sure how to act or what to do next. Fortunately, there are attorneys who have experience defending certain types of crimes, and when you partner with one of these attorneys you can have a good shot at getting a good result in your case.
Three common mistakes DUI defendants tend to make, which could have a negative impact on their case, are:
- Waiting too long to do anything after the arrest. We understand that being arrested and made to spend any amount of time in jail is trying, and that when you bond out all you really want to do is rest. But if you wait too long to call for help you may miss out on certain protections. In a DUI case the biggest risk you take by waiting too long to call a qualified attorney for help is the loss of your driver’s license.
- Talking too much at the scene. Keep in mind you have the right to remain silent. And, just as you’ve seen on TV or in the movies, you can exercise that right.
- Driving without a license. The temptation to drive when your license has been taken away is probably due more to the fact that you have places you need to go rather than just an urge to break the law, but whatever the reason, driving without a license is a big no-no; in any circumstance. But, when you have been arrested for DUI and continue to drive without shoring up your driving rights, you accomplish nothing other than brining on more trouble.
A DUI case is not a hopeless case. There are plenty of defenses available, and it is likely one will work for you. We have helped other people challenge breath test results, negotiate favorable probation terms, and avoid jail and we can help you too!
For more information about DUI defense, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to working with you.