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Would You Know How to Proceed with a DUI

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By StraightDUI Staff on 10/2/2007

Each and every year, 708,000 persons are injured in alcohol related crashes; 74, 000 of those people suffer serious injuries. About 2,000 people are hurt each day in alcohol related accidents and two million alcohol impaired driving collisions occur each year. Needless to say, dealing with a DUI is a very critical experience and because of the penalties involved, a DUI must be handled with great care.

If You Have Been Stopped for a DUI, Do You Know What To Do?

If you’ve been stopped or arrested for a DUI, would you know how to proceed? Do you know the things you should say or do if a police officer stops you? Are you aware of the actions you should take and the strategy for following through? It’s terribly important that you pay careful attention to the many specifics involved because there are a number of things you should and should not do if you are stopped while drinking. One slip in doing the wrong thing and the consequences could be grave. One thing that’s crucial to your situation is having a good drunk driving attorney on your side. The reason? A DUI can impinge on you seriously for the rest of your life and therefore, you need someone qualified in your corner.

Things to Consider If You’re Stopped for a DUI

If you’ve been stopped for drunk driving and if you have your wits about you, give careful thought to the words you utter, your movement, body language and your reaction to being pulled over. Stay calm and never argue with the police officer that stopped you because anything you say can and will be used against you. It’s also important to remember that if you are aggressive to the police officer, or if you criticize the officer, you give him or her a good excuse to arrest you. In addition, make sure your hands are always visible, never touch a police officer, don’t resist arrest even if you think you’re innocent, never try to run, make no statements regarding the occurrence, and request the assistance of an attorney immediately, as a credible attorney can advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities.

When an Officer Stops You For a DUI

If you have been stopped, there are certain things that will be asked of you and you must comply. The first is showing your driver’s license and registration. You don’t have to answer any questions if you’ve been detained, but you should give your name and address. If you refuse to give your name, it throws a blanket of distrust on you. And in some states, if the police officer asks for your name and you don’t give it, you can be arrested. If the police officer wants to search you, you do not have to consent to a search of your person, your car or your home unless the officer has a search warrant, because if you consent to a search, it can affect your rights later on. And if an officer claims they have a search warrant, be sure to ask to see it. In most states you will be asked to take a breath test. If you refuse, some states suspend your driver’s license. You can generally request a blood test in place of a breath test. Of course this would only be helpful if you believe that a breath test will estimate your blood alcohol content as higher than it really is. Some states allow for an officer to forcibly draw blood for a BAC test.

Steps to Take If You’ve Been Arrested for a DUI

If you’re not excessively inebriated when an officer stops you and you can still think clearly, try to remember the patrol car number and the police officer’s badge number. Keep your wits about you and write down everything you can remember as soon as possible. Seek out a witness and ask for their name and phone number. Having a witness will also help you when your case comes before a court. Remember, a DUI attorney can strengthen your chances of winning your case in addition to restoring your driving privileges promptly.

Tips to consider if you’ve been stopped:

  • Seek medical attention if you’ve been injured or anyone else has been injured
  • If possible, take photographs if there are any injuries promptly
  • If for any reason you believe your rights were violated, don’t make an issue of it at the scene; file a written complaint with the police department’s internal affairs division after you have spoken with an attorney.

If You’re Taken to a Police Station After Being Stopped for a DUI

If you’ve been arrested and taken to the police station, you have the right to make a local phone call. It could be to your lawyer, bail bondsmen or relative and the police must give you privacy when speaking to an attorney. Just remember not to say anything without an attorney present, so hold your tongue and give no details regarding the situation. Just give your name and address. A defense will be made later on in a court of law and will be based on what you and your attorney decide together. Above all, remember, while law enforcement officers are generally there to protect you, you are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment; be aware of your rights and responsibilities. If for any reason, you believe your rights are violated, it’s best not to deal with it at the scene of the incident. Instead, discuss it with your attorney, as he or she will know which action should be taken.

About the DUI Attorneys at Straight DUI

The DUI lawyers at Straight DUI do everything they can to help you when it comes to DUI. To get you off, keep your record clean and prevent you from losing your license to drive, we start by believing that you shouldn’t have been arrested, so with that uppermost in our minds, we fight for you. When you place yourself in the hands of the knowledgeable DUI attorneys at straightdui.com, you know you will be treated fairly and will receive the best defense possible. We understand how important a good defense is to your case and so we do everything to protect your rights.Call us at 1 (877) 420-6719 and let us help.

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