A 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.