DUI arrest—especially if it’s your first criminal offense—can
be a traumatic and emotionally overwhelming situation. A conviction can
result in fines, suspension of your driver’s license, and jail time.
Unfortunately, people facing DUI charges sometimes make mistakes that
harm their chances of getting the best outcome possible in their case.
The following are four common mistakes people make after getting arrested
for drunk driving:
Not do anything – Some people take the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”
to heart. However, ignoring a DUI charge will not make it disappear. In
fact, it will make your situation must worse. You need to explore your
legal options to avoid serving the maximum penalties.
Attempt to “talk your way out” of the DUI – As soon as you are arrested, the police should read you your Miranda
warnings, giving you the right to remain silent. However, many people
attempt to “tell their side of the story” in order to avoid
arrest and subsequent criminal penalties. But whatever you say can and
will be used against you in court, which is why the Fifth Amendment was
designed to help you avoid self-incrimination.
Plead guilty at arraignment – Being arrested doesn’t mean you are automatically guilty.
If you decide to plead guilty, you will be susceptible to the maximum
penalties by law. You also lose the opportunity to give yourself more
time for your attorney to evaluate your case, determine if any legal defenses
are available, and either get your charges reduced or dismissed.
Not hire a lawyer – To protect your rights and future, you must obtain legal representation
from an experienced DUI attorney. Your lawyer can guide you through the
complexities of the criminal justice system and help you avoid making
any mistakes that will jeopardize your case.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Murfreesboro, TN,
contact Joshua T. Crain, Attorneys at Law today at (615) 200-9409 and schedule a free consultation today.