If you are driving back home after few shots of vodka, you can be in your worse luck and get pulled over at a DUI checkpoint. What make it worse is that you are convicted for DUI. Did you know that there is a way to lower your charges? Well not everybody knows that. So, here is a guide on how to do it. Before we start, please note that this is might be not applicable for each individual situation. For example, if you are driving in a very drunk condition, then it’s obvious that you’ll get full list of charges.
Record everything that happens during the sobriety test
When you are undergoing a sobriety test, pay attention to everything around you and try to remember as much as you can. Perhaps you will not be able to write down anything when you are passing the test, but once you are set free, make sure you write down as many information as you can. Start from location you’ve been pulled over, time when you started test, what exact test are you taking, what is the result, and what is the officer name. Pay attention on what being said by officers, perhaps they can be writing a false conviction on you.
Practice cooperative manner with the police officer
Since officer will be judging whether you are drunk or not, the last thing that you want to do is pissing of the officer on duty. They can put on a false conviction on you when you are not paying attention. But if you are nice and cooperative with the officer, he can just let you go if he is in good mood. Always be nice to them, you never know how situation may turnaround.
Answer only what is asked
By saying the unnecessary things to the officer when you are being checked for DUI can get you even more troubles. Everything you say can be used against you. If officer asks third party questions that are not related to the sobriety test, you have the right not to answer to that questions until you get to talk to your attorney. Always remember, police officers are trained in questioning people. They can make you give out any information without you even knowing what it is for. So it’s better for you to keep silence when asked weird or unrelated questions rather than trying to be smart.
You can refuse to take the sobriety test
You must be lucky enough to live in a country where you can refuse to take the sobriety test. But if we speak about United States – it is required to obey the law and follow all legal instructions given by the officer. If you refuse to take the sobriety test, everything will be noted and also be used against you in the court. It is a must to take a breathalyzer test if you pulled over at the DUI checkpoint. If you refuse to take breathalyzer test, then your driving license will be suspended immediately. You can also request to take this test in a hospital to reduce the possibility that the breathalyzer you are using is broken
Hire an experienced lawyer
DUIs are pretty common thing in nowadays. It is always better to hire an experienced lawyer to get you out of a trouble. Or at least to reduce costs if it’s possible. It is really easy to get into even bigger trouble without knowing your rights and ways to protect yourself in court.
So now you know a little more about DUIs, but like the doctor say: it’s always better to prevent rather than to cure. It’s always better to practice safety driving, avoid rather than go through DUI procedure. Ask someone to give you a ride home. If there is nobody around who could give you a ride home – you can always use the cab. The money you spent on the cab will be much cheaper than the money you would spent on all of those things.
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