Here Are Some Mistakes to Avoid After Being Arrested for a DUI
After getting arrested for drinking under the influence, you may be experiencing a lot of different emotions. Confusion, sadness, frustration, anxiety, just to name a few. It’s a difficult situation to be in. But here at the Law Offices of Patrick R. McKamey, we believe in you and know you will eventually be okay. All you need to do is reach out to our team of attorneys and make sure you do not make any of these common mistakes. Trust us, the situation isn’t the end of the world, but it won’t help if you make some poor choices. We are here to give you a guide on all of the mistakes to avoid after your arrest. Not only will following this guide help you with your case but will help you avoid any more trouble.
Talking to the Police
Do not talk to the police during the arrest and after the arrest. Anything you say, no matter how nice or positive or cooperative, can be used against you. We know how stereotypical this sounds, but there’s a reason people always say this. And it’s because talking to the police is a dangerous game to play. If you do talk by accident, never try and convince them of your innocence. Simply do not say anything about the situation. All you have to do is provide them with the information they need, such as your license information.
You would think this is common sense, but do not post about your situation on social media. Unfortunately, this has to be said. In 2020 it seems as if everything that happens to people gets posted on social media, the good, bad, and ugly. Do not even talk about your situation with other people. Try and keep it to yourself and your family. If there is someone in particular who is helping you and driving you around, you can speak with them. But avoid publicizing the incident. The more attention and talk about your case, the worse you are going to look. Posting stuff on social media will also make you look like you do not care about the case or are not taking it seriously.
Expecting the Court to Go Easy On You
Too many people expect that pleading guilty will make the court and jury go easy on them, but this isn’t always the case. We cannot predict how the court is going to react, so do not expect anything. The phrase, expect the worst but hope for the best, is very accurate here. There are other ways to defend your case and have the court go easy on you than admitting guilt and asking to be punished. Some people are not forgiving and do not care how sorry you seem. Follow what our attorney says and prepare accordingly.
Defending Yourself in Court
Some people figure that defending themselves is the way to go. This line of thinking could not be farther from the truth. An attorney is essential to have because of the value they provide you with and the difference they can make in your case. Defending yourself is the worst thing to do because you may not know all of the state’s laws, how to look for loopholes, and have the necessary negotiation skills. All in all, no matter what the internet or people are telling you, get an attorney. And get one as soon as possible. The sooner you can start preparing for your court date, the better, especially if you are going to be pleading not guilty. No matter how much you think you know about driving under the influence and the laws surrounding them, never defend yourself.
Contact the DUI Defense Experts at the Law Offices of Patrick R. McKamey Today!
If you have recently gotten arrested for a DUI, do not let it get you down too much. Sure, the situation is a hard one to be in, but with an attorney, you’ll find that you will get through it. Start working with one of our attorneys here at the Law Offices of Patrick R. McKamey as soon as possible. Reach out to us 24/7 at (561) 220-6708. Our team is looking forward to helping you get out of your sticky situation.