When you see those flashing lights in your rearview you may feel the dread of the potential repercussions you will have to face. Even if you know you have been drinking, all is not lost and the best thing you can do is follow some basic etiquette during the encounter and then hire a DUI attorney at first opportunity.
There are a few dos and don’ts you should adhere to that could benefit you down the line.
Do: Ask to speak to a lawyer.
Do: Present your driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.
Do: Request to be released to obtain an independent chemical test from a hospital.
Do: Be courteous.
Don’t: Agree to breath, urine or blood test without contacting and speaking with a DUI attorney.
Don’t: Answer any questions or give consent to be videotaped.
Don’t: Agree to an eye test.
Don’t: Admit anything or take coordination tests.
Don’t: Try to negotiate or act rude.
Anything you say or do will be used against you, don’t make it easy. The prosecution can charge you with any number of things but it’s the convictions that count.
Evidence might be thrown out of court if it was obtained unlawfully. That evidence may be an improperly administered breathalyzer test or lack of probable cause in pulling you over. If the police failed to follow proper procedures in the way they arrested you, their mistakes could also be used in your defense.
Many times you may be pulled over and have your blood drawn. After that is done, the police let you go and 4-6 months later you are notified of a DUI charge against you. A DUI charge may be based on the test results and it takes time for them to get processed. The statute of limitations on a misdemeanor is 1 year and they have up to 7 years to charge you with a felony. By contacting a DUI lawyer soon after the blood test you may be able to avoid DUI charges altogether.
We have successfully answered the call to “fight my DUI” in hundreds of cases. If you have been arrested for a DUI and are seeking a drunk driving defense, call Mesa DUI Attorney and Criminal Defense Law Firm for a free consultation.
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