Do you Have a Plan?
You have been invited to your annual work Holiday party. You go to the grocery store, purchase the ingredients for your favorite cheesy dip along with a case of your favorite import beer, you make sure that you have the day off after the work party because you know you will be tired from all of the celebrating the night before, you call your buddy and ask him if he would like to be your plus one to the party and then you wait for the joyous day to arrive.
Good Decision or Bad Decision?
Like most of us you feel as though you have prepared for the evening, however you forgot the most important thing. How are you getting home? You happen to decide that you have only had a few beers, and you also ate plenty of food so you should be fine to drive. You and your buddy climb into your truck and make the drive home. The next thing you know you see red and blue lights flashing in your rear view mirror and you are now realizing that you are being pulled over for a possible DUI.
Now What do You do?
An officer will pull you over if you have committed a traffic violation. When he reaches the window of car, if he believes you have been drinking the officer will ask you to step out of the car. His belief could be based on an odor of alcohol from the car, your mannerisms if they are slow, or your speech, if it is slurred. At that point the officer will probably ask you if you can complete a field sobriety test as well as a portable breathalyzer test.
To Test or Not to Test? That is the Question
If you have been pulled over for suspicion of a DUI the most important thing that Rick would like you to know is that you need to speak with an attorney. The officer will advise you that you have the right to speak with an attorney. It is important that you speak with an attorney prior to taking any type of test to determine your ability to drive.
What are the Consequences?
Receiving a DUI is a serious offense and you could potentially lose your license, pay costly penalties, spend time in jail, be required to have an ignition interlock, be put on probation, be required to attend a victims panel, and be required to receive alcohol counseling. It is important that you speak with Rick so he can advise you of what steps to take to help you with your situation.
Give us a Call
If you’ve just been pulled over or have received a DUI and would like Rick to represent you - give us a call or drop us an email, we’ll get right back to you.
If you have any questions at any time throughout the process you can always call and ask the office - we are more than happy to help.
More DUI Information
Unfortunately from experience we know that with the holidays approaching, DUIs are going to affect many of our local families. This can be a life changing event but it isn't the end of the world. Over the coming weeks we will be writing about the DUI process and what you need to do should you or your family have to deal with one. Follow us on social media or sign up for the newsletter below to stay informed.
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