This is probably one of the things you’re never prepared to have happen to you. You’re driving along, fully aware that you are sober and completely capable of driving – when you get pulled over. Now that you are suspected of drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI), what do you do? You contact a Kansas City DUI attorney as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.
Drunk driving laws are tougher, and that means you can be targeted, too
Even good responsible drivers can be pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, has seen to that – and that’s actually a very good thing. Our roads are definitely safer because drunk driving laws are tighter. Unfortunately, that also means that on occasion, truly innocently drivers can be pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. You may find yourself in that situation by surprise, and of course, you’re not prepared for it.
Fortunately, contacting a Kansas City DUI lawyer as soon as you can will greatly increase your chances of having your case dismissed, or at least charges greatly reduced.
Fully cooperate with police – but invoke your right to remain silent as soon as you can
When you are pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, you must cooperate with police when they ask you to do things during the incident itself. Obey orders to get out of the car, perform field sobriety tests, take a breathalyzer test, and let yourself be handcuffed and placed into custody if that’s what ends up happening. You don’t want legitimate charges for related offenses like resisting arrest to be tendered against you along with your bogus DUI charge. That just makes your case that much more complicated, and you probably won’t get off completely free and clear.
So do cooperate when you’re asked to do so during your time prior to arrest; as soon as you’re read your Miranda rights, though, stay silent and contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer to take over your case. He or she can then review your case, chart the best course of action, and provide a buffer between you and law enforcement in the event you do have to be involved with them so that you don’t erroneously harm yourself further by saying things you shouldn’t. This also gives you the opportunity to rest easy at night, knowing that you have the best possible helping your side so that you walk away free and clear, innocent and able to get on with your life.