3 Mistakes People Make After Getting Pulled Over For Drunk Driving

You should never be alone when facing DUI charges. At the Law Office of Ronald A. Cabanayan, I help you take all the right steps to protect your rights and secure the best result possible.

When you get pulled over, don't panic. It's easy to make a mistake that could jeopardize your case. After years of practicing criminal law, these are some of the mistakes I see people make in San Jose and across Santa Clara County.

1. Saying too much

Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. As such, police will remind you that you have the right to remain silent. This is known as one of your Miranda rights.

Saying too much could give police ammunition against you in your case. When asked "have you been drinking tonight," don't answer. Don't lie, but you also don't have to answer at all. By staying silent until you speak to a lawyer, you can avoid saying something that could be used against you in court.

2. Refusing to take a chemical test

California has implied consent laws, meaning that by driving on the road it is implied that you consent to a blood or breath test after you are arrested. You can refuse to take the test, but refusing comes with its own penalties — some of which are more serious than a DUI charge itself.

Don't worry though, even if the test shows you are intoxicated, there are ways of refuting the results.

3. Accepting the charges

The worst thing you can do is to just accept the charges and move on. DUIs are more costly than you think. In addition to losing your license and paying any fines today, you could feel the effects of these charges well in the future. By fighting the charges, you are often able to secure a better result, or even eliminate the charges altogether.

Always Have An Attorney By Your Side

California DUI laws are strict, and law enforcement will fight tirelessly to prove your guilt. Far too many people don't take the time to find an attorney they can trust.

At the Law Office of Ronald A. Cabanayan, I personally stand by all my clients, no matter what charges they face. Call my San Jose office at 408-758-5673 to schedule a free consultation and learn how I can help, or reach out online to get started. Hablo español!