If you’ve been drinking and see the bright, flashing lights of a police officer pull up behind your vehicle, it’s important to remain calm. The way you behave and the decisions you make could impact the rest of your case. If you ever find yourself in this situation, John Buckley, a criminal defense lawyer in Denver, recommends avoiding these mistakes:
Talking too much.
It’s human nature to want to explain to the arresting police officer that you just had one drink or you’re completely capable of driving, but this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Every defendant has the right to remain silent, and you should definitely exercise this right if you are taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence. Anything that you say could be twisted around or taken out of context in order to be used against you in court, which is why it’s in your best interest to stay silent until you speak to an attorney. Learn more about your Miranda Rights
and be better prepared.
If you are being arrested by a police officer, you must stay calm and avoid getting aggressive. It can be hard to control your emotions during such an overwhelming and stressful time, but you simply must do so. Acting aggressively towards a police officer could lead to additional charges of resisting arrest. Even if you disagree with the officer, remain calm and let an attorney fight your battles for you at the appropriate time.
Doing the roadside sobriety tests.
If you are being investigated for driving under the influence, the police officer will likely ask you if you are willing to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests "to see if you are safe to drive." Note the word "voluntary." You do not have to nor should you consent to doing any roadside sobriety tests. The officer won't tell you this but 20% of sober people fail these tests and the results are very subjective. Simply say that you decline these tests.
Driving without a license.
If your license has been suspended as a result of your DUI charges, do not make the mistake of taking your car out for a spin anyway. Some defendants are given restricted licenses that allow them to drive to and from work. If you received one of these licenses, follow the conditions of it carefully. Don’t take your car to the mall, out to dinner, or to see friends. Your focus should be on fighting the charges you are currently facing instead of creating additional legal problems for yourself. Driving with a suspended license is a crime and should be avoided at all costs.
Have you been charged with a DUI? The Law Office of John Buckley can assist you with every aspect of your legal case. We work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure our clients receive the best representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley today to schedule a legal consultation.