While lawyers and judges are the ultimate legal experts, of course, I believe that every citizen should take the time to learn a little about law for several reasons. First, it is important to know your rights, and knowing them can come in handy if anyone ever accuses you of a crime you didn't commit or threatens you legally in another other way. Second, learning about your local, state, and federal laws can help you act as a better citizen. When election time comes around, you can then truly understand ever change in law being proposed by a candidate and whether it benefits society or not. I plan to share posts about law topics explained in plain English on my new blog, so you can come back often to sharpen your legal knowledge!
Most people have common sense and do not drive under the influence of alcohol. Of course, that does not mean your common sense will be available and active when you do make this tragic mistake. If and when you are pulled over and a police officer asks you to step out of your vehicle for a DUI examination, do not do the following three things, or your DUI attorney may not be able to help you get out of your DUI tickets, fines and punishments.
Do Not Verbally or Physically Abuse the Officer(s)
Using harsh language and verbally assaulting a police officer is usually done by people who are hiding something, doing something illegal, afraid of getting caught, and/or attempting to sound tough in order to avoid sounding drunk. It always backfires because the officer(s) will assume that you are, in fact, quite drunk, and you will be arrested. If you attempt to physically assault a police officer, that is even worse. You will not only be jailed for it, but you will also face stiffer penalties for your DUI and for the assault on the officer.
Do Not Flash a Weapon
Carrying a knife or a gun on your person while you are intoxicated is an all-around bad idea to begin with. Lowered inhibitions from the alcohol and elevated tempers can cause you to pull out the weapon and wave it around. Not only does this cause other people and bartenders to call the police, but it also puts the police on high alert when they approach you, making the situation very dangerous and potentially lethal for everyone. If you carry a weapon in your vehicle, carry your permit for it, and do not take it out when the police pull you over for a traffic stop/DUI check.
Do Not Tell the Police What You Drank and When
The police will ask you what you drank and when you had your last drink of the evening. Do not give them this information! Doing so admits guilt of wrongdoing, and the police can use what you say in court. You do not have to answer any of the police questions, and since they will give you a breathalyzer or blood test anyway when they suspect alcohol, sharing information will only hang you in court. This, in turn, makes it impossible for your DUI lawyer to defend you because you gave very specific information to the police and admitted you had been drinking.
If you have been stopped for drinking and driving, a firm like Jack Weatherill Law Offices can be a valuable resource in making sure you receive a lighter sentence if at all possible.