Driving while under the influence is a serious charge. It is not your typical traffic violation. It would probably benefit you to mount as thorough of a DUI defense as possible, and that means avoiding common mistakes. 

One of the first missteps that you might make is assuming that anybody involved in your arrest is on your side. State representatives, whether they are working as law enforcement personnel or prosecuting attorneys, have no duty to act in your best interest. In fact, they may suggest a course of action that leads to an unfavorable outcome for you. 

You might also assume that you do not have a chance. You may know the details of your arrest, but do you know the statutory context? Do you know the case law relevant to your situation? Do you know exactly how far police officers can go before they start violating your civil rights? It is generally a good idea to answer these questions before you agree to any type of deal. 

Another common mistake — the opposite of the previous one — is overconfidence: attempting to negotiate without information. Keep in mind that the people with whom you are negotiating are probably much more experienced with DUI arrests than you are. You have a right to remain silent, and it may be wise to do so until you are able to speak from a fully informed perspective. Please do not underestimate the value of this right. 

There are also many rules to follow in terms of DUI laws and court procedures. It is usually a good idea to take your time, be careful, gather information and fully exercise your rights. There could be more at stake than you realize. Please continue on our main site to read more.