If you’re stopped by the police under suspicion of driving while impaired, it’s important for you to know that you have a right to speak with your attorney and to say nothing to the police about your case until your attorney has an opportunity to speak with you. It’s a good idea to have that guidance from the start of your case, because without it, you could do or say something that gives the authorities more leverage in your case.
It’s relatively easy for the police to accuse someone of driving while intoxicated or impaired, especially over the holidays. Many people drive drink during Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, for example, so it’s easier for the cops to assume that you were driving while impaired even if you were just tired or had started a new medication with unusual or unexpected side effects.
During the holidays, specially, remember that there will be more officers out trying to stop drivers who make errors on the roads. They will focus on enforcement, and if they think you’re impaired, they’ll ask you to take a Breathalyzer test and to perform roadside sobriety tests. Even if you’re not impaired, it’s possible to fail those tests and end up facing a DUI.
What can you do to avoid a DUI?
Prior to a stop, you have a few options to avoid a DUI. Staying on location at a hotel to avoid driving after drinking is one option. Hiring a cab or using a ride-sharing services may help you get home safely, too.
If you’re taking new medications, make sure you wait long enough to see the side effects before you drive. Don’t mix your medications with alcohol.
If you’ll be out in the sun during the day, drink a lot of water. Dehydration has the potential to mimic drunkenness.
What should you do if you are arrested for a DUI?
If you are arrested, call your attorney as soon as you can to start working on your case. You deserve an opportunity to defend yourself. Your attorney may also be able to get the prosecution to change the charge and defend you against unfair penalties.