No one ever plans on being arrested for or charged with driving under the influence. But, it can happen to anyone, which is why it’s important to know what to do in case you ever find yourself in this situation. Here’s a look at the do’s and don’ts of DUIs according to experienced Denver criminal defense attorney John L. Buckley:
Do: Be Polite
Be polite to the police officer who has pulled you over. Address the police officer as either “sir” or “ma'am” to show your respect even if you are annoyed by the fact that you have been pulled over. Being polite certainly won’t get you out of being charged with DUI, but it will make the process go much smoother.
Don’t: Perform Field Sobriety Tests
The officer may ask that you step out of your vehicle to perform field sobriety tests on the side of the road. These tests are supposed to tell an officer whether you are under the influence of alcohol. But, they produce unreliable results that can be used against you in court. In fact, studies show that 1 out of 5 sober people will 'fail' these tests. Fortunately, there are no penalties for refusing to perform field sobriety tests. This means it’s in your best interests to refuse to do them. Learn more about field sobriety tests
Do: Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can talk themselves out of a DUI charge. These people think that by admitting to having one or two drinks, the police officer will respect their honesty and let them off of the hook. Saying more than necessary is a huge mistake that could affect the outcome of your case. It’s recommended that you exercise your right to remain silent in this situation so you don’t end up saying something that could be used against you later on. The only questions you must answer involve providing your identity and, if requested to do so, which chemical test (breath or blood) you wish to take. If you don't answer this question, your silence will be deemed a 'refusal' to cooperate with testing.
Don’t: Forget What Happened
Take mental notes of the events that take place starting when the police officer’s lights begin flashing behind you. Why? Your criminal defense attorney will want to know exactly what took place to make sure the police officer followed all of the proper procedures when he was making the arrest. Therefore, it’s strongly recommended that you remember the details of your interaction with the police officer so you can relay them to your attorney.
Do: Contact An Attorney
Get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after the arrest, preferably before your arraignment. An attorney can go over all of your legal options and help you decide whether you should plead guilty or not guilty. This decision can greatly affect the rest of your life, so don’t make it without discussing it with a criminal defense attorney first.
If you have been charged with DUI, get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley as soon as possible. John L. Buckley can guide you through the legal process and defend your rights every step of the way. Contact John L. Buckley
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