What to Do When You Are Arrested for a DUI

No matter who you are or how clean your driving record may be, seeing the red and blue lights in your rear view mirror can be upsetting. When you are pulled over and the police officer tells you that he suspects you may have been drinking and driving, your first instinct will probably be to protest, argue, or even resist. In order to get through experience as quickly and as painlessly as can be, you should always remember these important steps when you are arrested for a DUI.

Stay Calm

First and foremost, it is important that you remain cooperative and courteous. If you don't have a drop of alcohol in your system, resisting arrest or harassing the officer could be seen as a separate crime altogether and lead to escalated penalties.

Be Quiet

Even before you are told the Miranda warning, anything you say and do can and will be used against you in a court of law. It is best to speak only when spoken to and respond with only basic, necessary information. The less you say, the less likely something can be misconstrued and used against you in court.

Take The Tests

If the highway patrol officer has enough reason to believe that you are actually intoxicated behind the wheel, he might ask you to submit to a breath or blood test. In nearly every situation you will want to comply, as refusing chemical tests will ultimately cause an immediate suspension of your driver's license.

Be Honest

If you have been placed in cuffs, you are probably going back to the station. Giving falsified information about who you are when you are being booked – or refusing to say anything at all – does nothing but slow everything down. They will find out who you are one way or another. If you give them honest information that does not jeopardize your innocence, the entire process will be expedited.

Call a Lawyer

You are not guaranteed a phone call but, unless you have been belligerent or violent, the officers should allow you at least one. Unless someone in your immediate family absolutely needs to know that you are in jail, the wise choice is to call a professional Marietta DUI defense attorney from The Glasgow Law Firm. With an exclusive focus on DUI cases and a background as a former prosecutor, Attorney Bart Glasgow can develop a powerful case on your behalf and aggressively defend your rights in court.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Georgia, you might only have 10 days to challenge your charges! Act now and schedule a free case evaluation with our firm today!