DUI cases are difficult. From the moment you are pulled over to the moment
the case closes, you will face numerous questions, tests, and hearings,
any of which could be used by prosecution in an attempt to secure a conviction.
Knowing more about the
DUI process can help you avoid common pitfalls as you prepare to fight your charges.
Dos and Don’ts of Your First DUI
So what should you do after an arrest? To begin, you should avoid saying
anything about your DUI to law enforcement until you speak with a criminal
defense attorney. While you
should give officers identifying information such as your name and address, anything
else you say could be used against you in the future. Even if you know
you were not driving under the influence, it’s best to save your
story until you can share it with a lawyer.
Do not say anything that could hurt your case:
- Don’t admit guilt.
- Don’t argue with the officer.
- Don’t try to explain your situation.
While you shouldn’t speak to a police officer about your case, there
are certain things you should always do after getting arrested for DUI,
regardless of your circumstances. Failure to do any of these things could
leave you without your driving privileges or worse.
Be sure to do each of the following:
Take your chemical test — Refusing a chemical test will end with a suspension of your driver’s
license. It is better to take the test and
fight the results later than to forfeit your license at the beginning of your case.
Schedule and attend a DMV hearing — At a DMV hearing, you can defend your right to keep your license.
Failure to attend the hearing will result in an automatic suspension of
Work with an experienced lawyer — While there is no penalty for facing your charges without an attorney,
you can significantly increase your chance of a better outcome by working
with a DUI lawyer.
By following the steps above, you can avoid common problems people encounter
when facing their first DUI. Contact Tidwell Law Group, LLC to learn how
a Birmingham DUI lawyer can defend you against the various types of evidence
you are facing. While we can’t guarantee a positive outcome, we
know from more than 10 years of successful drinking and driving cases
that we have what it takes to help you build the best defense for your
Ready to discuss your case with a legal professional?
Call our office to begin!