Just like it is important to know what to do if you are pulled over for a DUI, it is equally as important to know what not to do if you find yourself in this situation. The moments after the initial stop can be the most scary, especially if you think you have had too much to drink and will not have a shot at beating the charge. But every case is different, and in most instances there is some form of relief available to you. The key lies in knowing what to do, and also in knowing what not to do if you end up getting arrested.
Three things that you should never do if you are being charged with a DUI include the following:
- Do not lie to the officer! If you have been drinking and lie about it, the truth will come out and once revealed you risk ruining any credibility you have with the Court. The better approach is to say you have had some drinks, but do not give specifics.
- Do not try to talk your way out of the ticket and arrest! This tactic usually only works on TV and in the movies, and if information that you attempted to “get off’ makes its way to the Judge or jury you may likely be branded an untrustworthy smooth talker. This can hurt you later on in your case because everything you say will be open to suspicion.
- Do not try to “beat” the breath test! The breath test results are something that will be open for interpretation and subject to challenge in your case. Rather than try to take deep breaths or chew gum just before blowing, it is better to take the test and then allow a competent DUI defense attorney challenge the results.
Many DUI cases are defensible; it just takes some investigation into how and why you were stopped and what happened at the stop. We know how to look at the facts and identify which facts are beneficial to your case. From there we work with you to develop a strategy that fits those facts, and work towards resolutions that meet your needs. If you have been charged with DUI, call our office for help.
Allow an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you with your DUI case. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.