DUI arrests are a nightmare for anyone involved. The fear of losing your license, facing possible criminal charges, and living with the stigma of a criminal record can be debilitating.
However, you can avoid the consequences of DUI arrests by not drinking and driving. But, if the worst happens and you end up with a DUI, you need to take the proper steps to minimize the situation’s impact.
This article discusses how to prevent and deal with DUI arrests.
How to Prevent a DUI
Rideshare apps, such as Uber and Lyft, have revolutionized the transport industry by making travel more convenient and affordable. With a click on your smartphone, you can book a ride and pay using cash or a credit card. Even if your town does not have an official rideshare program, you can use taxi services instead.
Another option is a designated driver. If you and your friends are going out for the night, have one person remain sober to drive everyone home safely. Ideally, your designated person should be trustworthy and have a clean driving record.
Next, we will discuss what you should do if you are pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence.
Do Not Refuse a Breathalyzer Test
A breathalyzer test is used to identify drivers with high alcohol levels in their blood. These devices are more accurate and reliable than field sobriety tests. That is why police officers use them to gather the most crucial evidence of drunk driving.
You should cooperate with the officer and take a breathalyzer test, whether you think you are drunk or not. Conversely, refusing the test can result in harsher penalties and a suspension of your license. A license suspension can affect you in many ways, from limiting your job prospects to making it harder to get around.
Avoid Talking Your Way Out of a Ticket
Police frequently set up checkpoints around major highways to detect drunk drivers. When they pull you over for a traffic stop, you might feel tempted to explain your side of the story and deny wrongdoing.
However, the more you talk, the more opportunities you give the police to build a strong case. The officers might use your statements as evidence in court, making conviction more likely.
Instead, you should remain silent and let the officer do their investigation. Do not resort to any acts of anger because you may look like someone who has had too much to drink. Furthermore, be careful with officers trying to play mind games with you to get the necessary information.
Contact an Attorney Immediately
“Handling a DUI charge alone can be challenging, as DUI laws vary from state to state. The cases also involve filling out plenty of paperwork under tight deadlines,” says Seth Okin Attorney at Law. Fortunately, an attorney can help you navigate the process seamlessly and protect your rights.
Significantly, a DUI lawyer will start by helping you appeal the suspension of your license. They might also negotiate with the prosecutor for a plea bargain or dismissal of charges. Having your case dropped is a huge relief, as you can avoid all the severe consequences of a DUI charge.
You can stay safe from DUI charges by avoiding drinking and driving. However, if you are already facing a DUI charge, try as much as possible to avoid more trouble. Cooperate with the officer to prevent further arrests that could negatively impact your DUI case.
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