Without doubt it is hard to know what to do if you are pulled over and end up being arrested for DUI. Your driver’s license is taken away from you, which leaves you wondering how you will get around after bonding out of jail, and you may also have questions about where your vehicle has been taken and how to get it back even though you aren’t able to drive. It is also natural to think about how having a criminal arrest will impact your job and home life, and if anything can be done to keep the arrest off of your record. Fortunately, we have the answers to those questions and can offer you our help.
The first thing you should do when arrested for DUI is to contact a knowledgeable defense attorney. An experienced attorney will help you to avoid these three common DUI mistakes:
- Allowing the revocation of your driver’s license to stand: you have ten days after the date of arrest to request a review of the revocation, and can possibly obtain a modified right to drive during your case. But, if you don’t ask, you will not receive this benefit. Letting time slip away from you can result in the very real hardship of not having a license.
- Failing to question the validity of the breath test: many people accept the test result without question, but in a lot of cases a simple inquiry into the testing procedure and a request to review the process can lead to errors. When an error in the testing process is found, it can mean having the charges reduced or even dismissed.
- Talking too much: this often happens at the scene, where a driver will try to “talk” their way out of the charge. But the more you say, the more that can be used in a case against you later. It is best to answer only the question asked, and not offer additional “facts” about the situation.
The anxiety you feel about being arrested for DUI is normal but rather than let that confusion and stress get the best of you, call us for help. We have experience keeping drivers on the road, negotiating workable solutions to the criminal charges, and explaining the entire procedure to you as we go. Call us today for more information.
If you have questions about DUI’s, call our office for answers. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.