Even when you have a good plan, things can go wrong. Most times the end result is not catastrophic, and you can fix the error without much fanfare. But there are some instances where a mistake cannot be unraveled, and it is those times you need the help of a trained professional. If you have been charged with DUI you have to act fast to protect your rights. If you do not, you might not be able to drive and you could spend some time in jail.
Three of the more common DUI mistakes to look out for, and avoid, include:
- Forgetting to ask for an administrative review of the revocation of your driver’s license. You only have a certain number of days after being arrested to make a request for review, and if you forget to do this you will not be given another chance. Many times the revocation can be modified, so that you at least have the right to drive to work and school. But this can only happen if you act fast.
- Prejudging your case, either by admitting guilt or believing that you don’t stand a chance in Court. The criminal justice system can be intimidating, but there are victories for defendants every day. If you are afraid to turn over every piece of evidence, or neglect to challenge certain aspects of your case, your battle will be uphill. There are many successful challenges to DUI cases that can be made, starting with whether the BAC test result is accurate. When you give an experienced DUI defense attorney the chance to investigate your case, you give yourself a chance at a satisfactory outcome. You may not know it, but there are times where the breath test results are wrong or the test was given improperly. When that happens, your defense gets a real boost. And that is worth exploring before you decide to agree with the state’s version of events.
- Talking too much, most times during the arrest. It can be tempting to try and talk your way out of the arrest, but doing so only makes things worse. Most things you say will be used against you later, and if you say you are sorry or say anything else that seems to admit guilt, the state will bring that up during your case. It is best to keep your answers short and to the point, and to also be polite to the officer.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call us for help. We have helped people with all sorts of fact patterns, and will work with you to develop a defense that fits your specific needs.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call our office for help today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.