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4 Ways DUI Defendants Could Hurt Their Criminal Defense in Denver


December 20, 2017

DUI defendants are often eager to prove their innocence so they can avoid the consequences of being convicted of this crime. But unfortunately, many DUI defendants unintentionally hurt their criminal defense in Denver by saying or doing the wrong thing. Here are some of the ways you could inadvertently hurt your case:

Talking About the Case on Social Media

Any good criminal defense attorney will tell you that it’s best to stay off of social media until your case has been resolved. If a friend or family member asks you a question about the case on social media, don’t respond to it. Don’t comment on your innocence, the progress in the case, or your defense strategy. Anything that you say on social media can be taken out of context and used against you in court, so it’s best to stay silent.

Missing A Court Date

It’s important to keep track of when you are supposed to appear in court. If you are late to a hearing—or you miss one completely—this could hurt your case. The judge presiding over your case will assume that you are not taking the legal proceedings seriously. Plus, missing a court date could result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. This means you could end up back behind bars until your trial is over.  Don’t complicate your case by making this mistake. Set reminders in your phone so you don’t forget when you are expected to make an appearance in court. Read these tips for your first court appearance.

Stay Out of Trouble

Your criminal defense attorney will need to show the jury that you are a law-abiding citizen who has been falsely accused of committing a crime. But, it can be hard to make a jury believe this if you are arrested for another crime before your DUI case has come to a conclusion. For example, let’s say you are on trial for driving under the influence and you are arrested for drug possession one night while you are out with your friends. The fact that you were arrested while you are on trial for committing another crime could change how the judge thinks of you.

Omitting Important Details

The attorney that you hire needs to know every detail about your case. If you leave out important details, this could affect the attorney’s ability to do his job. For example, did you fail to mention that the arresting police officer illegally searched your vehicle when he pulled you over? Did the police officer fail to read your rights before questioning you at the police station? Your attorney needs to know all of these details so he can poke holes in the prosecutor’s case. Even if you think a detail is insignificant, it may be important to your attorney.  

If you are ever charged with DUI in the Denver area, get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley as soon as possible. John L. Buckley will work tirelessly to fight the charges that have been filed against you. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible after an arrest to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.