Few things can cause you to panic like being charged with DUI/DWI. Of course, since you probably never imagined that you would be arrested for any crime, you are likely unaware of the consequences you face and the best steps to take in order to prepare yourself for the aftermath of your arrest. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol are fairly common crimes, ones that many people who are otherwise law-abiding citizens have to deal with every day. If you ever find yourself facing a drunk driving charge, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions in order to gain a full understanding of the penalties and consequences you now face. The experienced DUI/DWI defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC will walk you through every step of the legal process and explain what you can do in order to prepare for the legal battle ahead:
Establish a Timeline
The order and timing of events before, during and after your actual arrest are quite important. Even the most minor detail can impact the case 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 when and where you stopped for suspicion of DUI as well as any details of your interaction with the police officer and/or officers. Where you involved in an accident? Were there injuries? Being involved in an injury accident will in most cases have a significant impact upon the favorability of your position. If there was no accident, determine why the police officer stopped your vehicle. Typically, the answer is speeding, running a light, not having your lights on, weaving 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 during 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 police officer, and if so, how do you feel you performed on the test? Do you have any physical limitations and/or injuries that could negatively impact the test results? What were you wearing at the time you performed the test? Did you take a roadside Breathalyzer test? What was the result? Did you have any difficulty performing the tests? Although you may feel that your arrest is an indication of poorly performed sobriety tests which therefore equals intoxication that is not necessarily the case. Be certain to note the details of your arrest and tell your lawyer about all of them!