The best way to avoid a
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge is to not drink and drive. But sometimes unforeseen circumstances
can put you in an undesirable situation. If this is the case, there are
several important things you can do that will help you
avoid a DUI conviction.
If accused of DUI, the arresting officer is going to look for actions and
qualitative evidence that supports the charge. The best way to avoid incriminating
yourself is to make sure you are following the law to the best of your
ability. Always wear your seatbelt, at night make sure your headlights
are turned on and when you get pulled over, use your turn signals as you
come to a stop in a safe area. Make sure your car is registered and insured
and your paperwork is easy to locate in the vehicle. Also, be polite to
the officer - don't harass, threaten, or attempt to intimidate. These
are all examples of poor judgment and can be used to support the DUI charge.
During the stop, the officer may use a variety of techniques to determine
if you are DUI. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty, and you
have a right to refuse any field sobriety test or Breathalyzer. Sobriety
tests are subjective in nature and Breathalyzer can be inaccurate - these
are not reliable indictors of intoxication. Once arrested, you will be
required to take a chemical test. When given the option, choose a blood
test over a breath test. The blood sample is preserved as evidence and
can be retested if you disagree with the results. Sometimes this may prove
to be in your favor.
Finally, after the arrest, write down as many details as you can about
the traffic stop and arrest. These details, regardless of how minor they
may appear, could be very important to your case. Also, if your license
ends up being suspended by the DMV, do not drive. Getting caught will
further hurt your chances of a DUI dismissal.
If you have been charged with DUI in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar,
Perris, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Banning, Corona or Riverside, it's important
that you obtain the assistance of an effective and experienced criminal
Contact us immediately at (951) 842-2347 to schedule a free consultation directly with me.