1: Do Not Give Too Much Information
If you’re pulled over on suspicion of abusing drugs or alcohol and driving, you may consider explaining to your officer how this will ruin your life. Rarely will they care. On the other hand, they may play friendly while interrogating you – to get more information. If you’ve been drinking, do you have to admit that? No, you only need give the officer your identifying information and take the breathalyzer test. You do not give any information the prosecution can use against you.
2: Do Not Plead Guilty
If you fail the breathalyzer and perhaps the blood test too, you may consider just getting this over with: pleading guilty. However, ask any lawyer who specializes in DUI law and you’ll hear a consensus: you rarely, if ever, want to plead guilty. If the prosecution offers a deal, which is rare in DUI cases, you may consider that. However, you should always consult with your lawyer prior to making the decision.
3: Hire a Lawyer Prior to Your Court Date
And before you even go to court, have an experienced lawyer in place ready and willing to help you. You should immediately get in touch with a lawyer who specializes in DUI law instead of waiting a few days prior to the trial. Give him or her time to look over your case. Make all decisions with your lawyer.
4: Not All Lawyers Are Equal
While a good lawyer is a good lawyer, you need a DUI lawyer – not someone referred to you who has taken on a few cases before, or who specializes in some other law. Some lawyers take on any case for the money, not specializing in anything. And even if you hire a DUI lawyer, it does not mean he or she can help. Sometimes you make a mistake, and hire the wrong one. There is no law saying you have to keep them on your case. You can save valuable time by being picky and being willing to pay extra.
5: Drunk Driving is Not the Term
Simply because you got a DUI does not mean you were drunk. You may have been much closer to the limit than you think. It’s too broad a term to use. Instead, use “under the influence,” and start asking questions on how much you were over (if not under) the limit.
6: BAC Tests are Not Perfect
When you go to court, plead guilty, and take the maximum charges, you are forgetting two things: first, a lawyer can often lessen the penalties, and second, not all blood alcohol content tests are accurate. In fact, the breathalyzer has been proven to be wrong. If you fail a blood test, that is stronger evidence. But guilt is never a guarantee, and you have a right to question what happened.