A few things you should never do if you’re caught on DUI

car-drink-driveDrunk driving is never a good idea. Yes, I know you probably think you’re one of those few people who can drink and still drive safely but this is not the case according to DUI lawyer in Naples . And most importantly, it’s not worth the risk. There is a good way for drunk people to get home and that is called Uber, or taxi if you are old-fashioned.

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But if you do get caught on DUI, here are some tips that will minimize the damage:

  • Don’t deny you’re drunk. If you can’t speak properly or walk in a straight line you won’t be able to fool anyone so don’t lie. Even though the tests’ results are not influenced by your attitude it will help you if you cooperate with the police officer. The test results will be the same, but the report the officer writes can be different and it is the number one piece of evidence that can change the outcome of your trial completely. So try to act responsibly and don’t argue with the police officer.
  • Don’t give the police officer any information that’s bad for you. Yes, there’s no point in denying you are drunk but that doesn’t mean you should offer the police evidence against you. Legally, you are allowed to refrain from answering any questions until you talk to a lawyer so if you’re not sure exactly what you say and you can afford a good attorney than this is the best thing to do. Don’t panic, because you’ll only do more damage. You got caught and it’s no point in trying to deny it. It’s bad, yes, but you should focus on damage control.  ·
  • Don’t refuse to give the officer your documents. This includes your driving license, proof of insurance and registration. If you do, you’ll get arrested and it’s not like they can’t find out who you are.  Have everything ready because the officer will surely ask for them and it’s no point in delaying the process.·
  • Don’t be intimidated by the police officer. Many of them are experts in making you say something you don’t want to and it will eventually do you much harm. Know your rights and don’t let him intimidate you. While you remain calm and answer politely be aware of any tricks intended to make you give more information.
  • Don’t refuse to take the sobriety test as this will turn against you most of the time. Yes, the sobriety test will provide the officer with additional evidence against you, but if you refuse to take it, he can arrest you on suspicion of DUI and you’ll have to submit chemical tests, that will leave no doubt over your alcohol level. Refusing to take that test will most likely lead to a suspended license.
  • If you refuse to take the sobriety test and you have to provide a chemical test, don’t choose blood or urine tests, as these are more reliable and you won’t be able to deny the results.  Choose the breath analyzer test because it is the easiest to challenge in court.
  • Don’t forget anything the police officer did. Any bad information about your rights or mistake in police procedure can get the DUI charge dropped. Make sure you pay attention to everything the officer says and does and write it down when you have the chance – it may be your ticket to a trouble-free future.

The alcohol limits that turn you from a standup driver into a felon may vary from place to place. Depending on your license, the BAC (blood alcohol concentration) limits can be zero, 0.02 or 0.05, but for most drivers is 0.05.

When you’re calculating how much alcohol you can drink, keep in mind that every drink has a different alcohol content, that they all have different sizes and also that your tolerance to alcohol can be different to your friends’.

If you get caught for a DUI it means you already did a bad thing: you drove under the influence.

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Even so, what you do from that moment on can change the future  completely. And, as is the case with most legal issues, the best thing you can do is get a lawyer – an experienced one will be able to give you the best advice and manage the situation.

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