If you are pulled over by a police officer under suspicion of driving under the influence, the decisions that you make from that moment on will determine how everything will play out for you. It is in your best interest to be as cooperative as possible with the police officer, at all times. If you are severely intoxicated or only have a few bears, you will have alcohol in your system and you will be in trouble. The only difference is: will you potentially get away with a warning, or will you end up in jail? Either way, you are going to need an attorney to protect your best interests and potentially reduce your charges. Call Salt Lake City DUI attorneys as soon as you are given the right to make a phone call.
Here are the things that you should know before dealing with a DUI charge.
Never Argue With the Police Officer
From the moment when you are pulled, you should try and speak only when asked. Provide the officer with your ID, license, and registration, and await further instructions. The officer will use a PAS (preliminary alcohol screening) device or an EBT (evidential breath test) device to determine how much alcohol you have in your system. If you have more than the allowed amount, depending on how much you have, you could:
- Leave with a simple warning if you have just over the limited amount of alcohol in your system (this depends on the current officer’s mood and good faith)
- Get ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol
- End up in jail for 24h (or until sober) if the level of alcohol in your blood is beyond reasonable
Charged With a DUI
If you are charged with a DUI, the police officer will most likely take you to the nearest station. When this happens, your vehicle will get towed (at your expenses) and you will be notified which company has tower your vehicle and will be given contact information in order to retrieve it.
Note: if you do not arrange for your vehicle to be picked up, you may face additional towing and handling costs. Do it as fast as possible.
Once you arrive at the station, you will be processed (this takes a lot of time if this is your first time). Once everything is completed, you will most likely have to appear in court to receive your sentencing. At this point, your attorney will be your best friend. Remember to always stay respectful and truthful, and be as polite as you can. Do what you are told to do, and let DUI attorneys in Salt Lake City take care of your charges and all the legal work. They will investigate your case, and determine whether or not you were properly “handled” from the moment you were pulled over until you are processed. Remember that having an attorney is your best chance of getting a reduced penalty, or walking away without one. Set attorneys on speed dial, as you never know when you may be in need of legal assistance.