Few things can cause you to panic like being charged, and/or convicted, of a serious crime. Of course, you probably never imagined you would ever commit a serious crime, and so preparing yourself for the aftermath, were such a thing to come to pass, probably just didn’t cross your mind. And yet it can be very important indeed to prepare yourself, as you should be aware that you can all too easily slip right into making a mistake and being charged with a crime like driving under the influence, or DUI. Yes, it’s a common crime, one that many people who are otherwise law-abiding citizens have had to deal with. If you ever find yourself facing a DUI, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions. Andrew Alpert’s process walks you through each stage of self-examination for the legal battle ahead:
Establish a Timeline
The order and timing of events in the actual arrest is, in fact, quite important. All of these things will severely impact the judgment against (or for) you in court, and being able to offer a precise (and ideally, favorable!) account of events and timing is a step in the right direction for your case. Try to be specific about where and when your DUI happened, as that can offer details that may otherwise shed some light on your circumstances. Determine if there was any kind of accident, as that can increase or decrease the favorability of your position. If there was no accident, then why was your vehicle stopped? Typically, the answer is speeding, running a light, not having your lights on, or other common moving violations.
The Arrest Itself
Once you’ve determined more specific information vis-à-vis the incident as a whole, it’s time to focus on what happened in the course of your arrest. There are many ways that sobriety, or the lack thereof, is determined by the arresting officer. Did you have a standard field sobriety test administered to you by the arresting officer, and if so, what was the result?
The result was… probably not good if you were arrested. But, that may not necessarily be the case; you can sometimes be arrested even if your results on the test aren’t that bad after all. For example, there’s no strict number for standing on one leg in the course of a sobriety test; some officers use 30, others use 40, and some use even 100. Given this rather… unscientific method, there is some wiggle room for you! These details and more can help you in court, and you should be certain to note them and tell your lawyer all about them!