Updated: Jun 8
If you have been pulled over or arrested for a DUI, there are a few things that are critical in ensuring that your rights are preserved and obtaining the best possible outcome for your case. Here is a list of some of the most important things to keep in mind:
1. Don’t Refuse the Breath Test
You have the right to refuse the test but your license could be suspended for a long period of time. You also might be ordered to have a breath lock machine on your car and the police can get a warrant to draw your blood.
2. Talk to an Attorney Immediately
3. Make Sure your Attorney Studies your Case In Depth
Choose a competent attorney who is familiar with the complexities of DUI’s. A good attorney will expose weakness on the prosecution’s side. Some aspects that an attorney will look at will include:
The legality of the stop
Field Sobriety Tests – Administered improperly or were you coerced?
Miranda Rights – Were your rights violated by the officer?
Confessions – Was this taken illegally?
Breath Testing – were any mistakes made in this process by the officer?
Blood Testing – Are the blood results accurate?
Police Body Camera Footage – This seems simple, but many attorneys do not dissect the footage, which can be very helpful for your case.
4. Don’t Miss a Court Hearing
No matter what, don’t miss a court hearing. If something dire comes up, go to the court as soon as possible and ask for a different time, but make sure you attend any scheduled hearing.