Common Misconceptions about DUI Charges

drunk driving in marylandMisconceptions about DUI Charges

There are many things in life that are rooted in urban legend, myth and folklore. Some examples include cures to the common cold, other “remedies” and even how things are named. While most misconceptions are harmless (aside from some of the more “extreme” home remedies) there are those that are not, including some of the more common misconceptions that people have about being stopped for suspicion of DUI.

The Officer Told me I have to perform a Field Sobriety Test- Field sobriety tests are one of the tools at the officer’s disposal to determine if you’re impaired or under the influence. The issue with field sobriety tests (even those that have been standardized by the NHTSA) is that the odds of passing are usually stacked against you. What most people don’t understand, is that you are not required to take these tests.

If the Officer is Asking Me Questions, I have to answer- Not true. Answering questions, especially those in the vein of “Have you been drinking” all create grounds for self incrimination. You don’t have to answer questions and it’s in your best interest not to. However, it is important that you remain courteous and polite as failure to do so can cause more trouble for you in the long run.

If I’m Charged with a DUI, then I’m guilty- This just simply isn’t the case. While it might seem like a lost cause to try and fight your DUI charges having a good drunk driving defense attorney can help you find defenses and options that you didn’t think are available to you. From the moment you get pulled over, you have precious little time to act. The sooner you can talk to an experienced DUI/DWI attorney, the better.

Hope Is Not Lost

Even if you get pulled over and charged with a DUI, you still have options. One of those options is fight the charges you are facing. While some hold the notion that they can defend themselves and save a few bucks in the process, it is a considerable risk to take, especially given the repercussions that come with a DUI conviction. Don’t fight alone. If you’ve been pulled over for a DUI in the state of Maryland call the law offices of Alpert Schreyer today for a free DUI consultation. The experienced attorneys of Alpert Schreyer know exactly what’s on the line and will help to clear up the misconceptions surrounding your DUI charges, as well as provide options for your defense.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.