What Not to Do After a DUI Arrest
It should come as no surprise that a suspect’s behavior during an arrest can have a strong impact on their case. The truth is that a suspect’s behavior can mean the difference between spending time in jail and relaxing at home in front of the television. Being arrested is a stressful experience that can cause people to do or say things that they normally wouldn’t. It’s important to remember to stay calm during an arrest. Here are three things to keep in mind if you are pulled over and questioned about driving under the influence.
1. You Can Make Matters Worse
It is quite easy to become upset and angry during the process of being pulled over and arrested. This is especially true if you think that you are being accused unjustly. Any outbursts can be used against you in court and your behavior will be documented. Some behaviors can earn you additional criminal charges.
2. You Cannot Talk Your Way Out of It
Make no mistake: If the police have enough probable cause to arrest you, you are going to be arrested. It is not up to the officer to determine your guilt or innocence. If you find yourself in handcuffs, there is nothing you can say that will change the officer’s mind about charging you with DUI.
3. You DO NOT Have to Talk Without an Attorney
…but you do need to ask for one. The police aren’t going to provide you with a list of phone numbers and suggest that you call a lawyer. You need to be proactive and ask for legal representation. You have no obligation to answer any questions without a lawyer present.
Being arrested for a DUI in Atlanta is stressful. The good news is that you don’t have to fight your charges on your own. The team at Hawkins Spizman Fortas is here to assist you. Call now for a free case evaluation and let us advise you of your options.