If you find yourself facing a DUI charge, it is in your best interest that you figure out what to do next.
As well as knowing what to do, you need to know what not to do. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
1. Assuming that you have no defense at all
It is not unusual for a DUI suspect to believe they have no hope of challenging the charge. This is a grave mistake because there are multiple factors that can influence your case. All you need to do is figure out how to put them together in your favor. For instance, there could be a problem with how the field sobriety or breathalyzer tests were administered. Or, you could have a medical condition that skewed your BAC test result.
2. Downplaying the consequences of a conviction
Understanding what is at stake if you are convicted is important because it will help you make an informed decision as far as your defense is concerned. If you do not understand the implications of a guilty plea, for instance, you may unintentionally take this route and ruin your future.
3. Failing to exercise your constitutional rights
This usually happens when you attempt to handle your case without understanding DUI laws. For instance, the 5th Amendment protects you from incriminating yourself if you are arrested for DUI. In other words, the arresting officer cannot compel you to say anything that a prosecutor could use against you.
If the police charge you with a DUI, it is important you get help to avoid mistakes and find your best defense option.