As a Pittsburg DUI attorney, people often ask me questions about what they should do if pulled over for a DUI, how to handle the arrest and what to do afterward. While it is wise to not put yourself in this situation, the reality is that DUI arrests are incredibly common so arming yourself with this information is certainly a good thing to do. Here are my answers to frequently asked questions and some tips to consider – the most important one being to hire an attorney.
Do I Have to Take the Breathalyzer Test?
Yes. If an officer asks you to take a breathalyzer test, you need to comply. It is important to do so because failure to comply could result in further complications and even a license suspension. Officers have the right to ask anyone they suspect has drinking and driving to take a test to determine if they are or are not.
Complying with them can help to ensure that the situation does not unreasonably escalate and create a situation where there are charges of things like resisting arrest in addition to drinking and driving.
Should I Answer the Officer’s Questions?
No. You have the right to remain silent and should do so. An officer may ask questions at the stop like "Have you been drinking?", "What did you drink today?" or "How much have you had to drink?" Do not answer any of these questions since what you say can be used against you in court later on.
Instead, remain silent and let them know you are exercising your right to do so. Do not answer anything until an attorney is present.
What Are My Rights?
You have the right to hire a Pittsburg DUI attorney to represent you and to contest the charges. The right to remain silent is also important as is the right to not have the vehicle searched without a warrant.
Will I Be Put in Jail?
If an officer decides that a person has been drinking and driving, an arrest is imminent. Going to jail is likely but it is possible to get out on bail right away after a DUI charge.
What Are My Legal Options?
You can fight the charges against you by hiring a Pittsburg DUI attorney to provide legal representation. It is possible to plead innocent and to have an attorney present an argument for why a conviction is not warranted. It may also be possible to negotiate for a lesser charge ahead of time and agree to something like reckless driving instead of a DUI. Having an attorney handle these negotiations is the best course of action and makes it more likely that the case will be successful.
Get Help with Your Case Today
The best way to defend yourself against a drunk driving charge is to hire an attorney. For help with your case, call my office today. I can discuss your legal options, prepare a defense strategy and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire process. I can also be of assistance to those calling from jail.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.