Getting arrested for a DUI can be a scary, stressful, and confusing situation. Whenever we feel emotionally overwhelmed, our judgment is clouded, causing us to not think as clearly as we should. While mistakes are often made in cases involving drunk driving, these errors can jeopardize the chances of avoiding conviction.
The following are the most common mistakes in DUI cases in California:
- Assume you are automatically guilty. The biggest mistake that people make during an arrest to immediately assume that they are guilty. On the contrary, you are innocent until proven guilty. Allow the prosecution to prove otherwise. Even if you truly believe that you are guilty, you can typically negotiate a plea bargain and have your charges significantly reduced—with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
- Fail to exercise your right to remain silent. Many people try to argue or explain their way out of a DUI. Unfortunately, this practically never works. Attempting to explain your side of the story can lead to providing law enforcement with more evidence to use against you. Avoid making incriminating statements and only speak to police when a lawyer is present.
- Fail to reinstate your driver's license. Without a reliable mode of transportation to commute to work or school, or even to help you conduct daily activities, can make your life quite difficult. If you are arrested in California for drunk driving, law enforcement will confiscate your driver's license and provide you with a pink “Notice of Suspension,” which acts as a temporary license for 30 days. You are entitled to a DMV DUI hearing to prevent suspension of your license if you request it within ten days of the arrest. If you fail to request a hearing with the 10-day window, your license will be automatically suspended at the end of the 30 days.
- Fail to hire a lawyer. DUI law is complex and you need competent and zealous representation. An experienced DUI attorney can help you avoid all of the mistakes we mentioned above and ensure you get the best results possible.
At Wilfert Law P.C., our firm is highly skilled in representing DUI cases and has successfully handled countless cases. Our legal team is comprised of elite former law enforcement professionals, including a former DUI prosecutor for Ventura County. All of these credentials can benefit your case and help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.