We all make mistakes, and hopefully when we do there are remedial actions that can be taken to get back on track. But when the mistake is made during an arrest, the repercussions can be scary, so it is good to know how to handle yourself if you are put in this position. Take the instance of a DUI arrest as an example; it can be natural to try and talk your way out of the arrest and say you have not been drinking when you have, but that can only make things worse. The best thing to do is stay calm, but we know that is a tall order. Another good thing to do is know what mistakes are commonly made, so you can take steps to avoid making these mistakes.
The top two DUI mistakes most people make, and what you can do to avoid them or minimize their impact on your case are:
- Accepting the breath test results without raising a challenge. We understand how the idea of challenging scientific data might be intimidating, but if you don’t do this in every DUI case then you miss out on potential defenses. Not all breath tests are accurate, and the reasons vary. It might be that the test was given to you improperly, or that the machine was not in proper working order. But if you don’t raise a challenge to the result and ask these questions, you will not know if this is a possible defense in your case. Let us handle this for you, we have experience challenging breath tests and will do it in your case too!
- Waiting too long to take any action. This is true for a few reasons; the biggest one being the longer you wait to call for help, the chance that you will lose your driver’s license is great. You only have ten days to ask for your license back, or even for a modified license. If you wait too long you might miss this chance. You might also miss out on vital pieces of evidence from the breath test or from the arresting officer if you don’t take quick action. Call our office as soon as you can after bonding out of jail, so we can get right to work for you.
Most DUI cases can be defended; you just have to know where to look. We know which parts of your case are vulnerable, and which parts require more careful analysis. For more information, contact us today.
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.