1. Keep important papers handy. Cops will often ask for your registration, license, and proof of insurance. Do not forget or ignore the fact that they will judge closely every move you make. If you have these papers ready less fumbling will be evident and the officers will have less of a case against you. Avoiding arrest is difficult if you have been drinking. Following these steps will aid in your defense and decrease the severity of later punishment.
2. If the cops propose questions, do not answer them. Having a lawyer when you answer the questions asked by the police is a lot more beneficial than trying to answer them on your own. What you say will most likely be used as evidence against you in court. These questions will be more easily answer at a later date. No rule says you have to respond to these interrogations without a lawyer with you or at the same time that they question you. Instead, answer through relating something like, “I have been told not to answer the questions that you proposed.”
3. Field sobriety tests should not be taken. A lot of people think that you need to participate in the sobriety exams that are administered by the police officers. These tests, the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test, and the one leg stand test always harm your case in later trial. There is one issue with not taking them, however. This issue is that you will go to jail. This is worth the sacrifice because the benefit of not having this evidence against your case in court outweighs the negative side effects.
4. Do not take the breathalyzer exam. This rule applies only to those over 21 years of age. If under 21 you must take the breathalyzer test. These notoriously unreliable tests can only harm your case. When the option is provided, a blood test is the best option. This test, called the Preliminary Alcohol Screener, is a hand-held breathalyzer that officers carry at the scene. If you take one of these screeners, there very little chance to avoid arrest.
5. Use your alotted phone calls to your advantage. Call a friend and speak clearly and enunciate properly. This will show the officers that may be present how coherent you are. You also now have a witness to your speaking ability and your friend can testify to your advantage. Calling your voicemail is also a good use of a phone call as you can use the voicemail you left in court to prove to the judge that you were in fact coherent and able to speak without slurring your words.
If you are pulled over for DUI, get in touch with a Charleston DUI Lawyer right away!