- Be Polite.
If you’re rude, arrogant, or hostile, the officer is much more likely to take offense, arrest you, and all they can to convict you, including writing a highly incriminating police statement. If the officer asks you to leave the vehicle, step out, or you will risk being charged with resisting arrest. Be very friendly and helpful.
- No Sudden Moves
Officers are trained to be vigilant and protect themselves. They generally approach vehicles from behind to get a clear view of the subject. This method forces the passengers to turn all the around to attack. Don’t make any sudden movements, don’t turn around to see the cop and don’t leap out of the car. Keep your hands on the wheel until the officer asks for I.D.
- The Right to Remain Silent.
You must provide the police officer with your name, license, registration, and insurance information, but if the officer asks you if you were drinking, explain that you were advised not to answer any questions. You are likely to be pressured by the officer. If you have any doubts, do not say anything, and avoid the risk of self-incrimination.
Take notes about your arrest. The more you take, the easier it will be to challenge a case against you. Often, fresh memories are more precise, so do it as soon as possible. Write down everything you might think of, even if it doesn’t seem entirely relevant to you.
- Find an Attorney
You deserve an experienced D.U.I. Attorney who will fight your case. The best thing you can do is hire a qualified lawyer to help you navigate you through the process.
Hutchison & Tubiana, P.L.L.C. has significant experience in representing individuals who have been charged with D.U.I. offenses in the Florida Keys. We employ effective and creative defense strategies that have resulted in counties dismissal of charges. Our team has over 35 years of experience and will stop at nothing to help our clients secure the most favorable outcome possible. For more information, please contact us at your earliest convenience.