Arrested for DUI? Here’s What You Shouldn’t Do
Driving under the influence of alcohol is a dangerous and serious offense. Like much of the country, Ohio has adopted strict laws to detract motorists from drinking and driving. Whether you had a few drinks at a friend’s house, at dinner or at the local bar, if you are arrested for a DUI/OVI, you face many different penalties that could change your life.
Following are mistakes that can jeopardize your case following a DUI arrest:
- Assuming a DUI arrest is not a big deal — You may think that drinking and driving is penalized with a slap on the wrist. It isn’t. For your first DUI conviction in Ohio, you face between three days and six months in jail, up to $1,000 in fines and a license suspension of between six months and three years.
- Not hiring a lawyer — You may also think you do not need a lawyer. Any time you face criminal prosecution, you must seek legal help. A lawyer can work to reduce or possibly eliminate the charges against you.
- Hiring the wrong type of attorney — Just as there are different types of doctors, there are also different types of lawyers. Hiring an attorney who practices corporate law, estate planning or anything other than criminal defense law is a mistake.
- Talking to police — It is important to be polite and cooperative with police. However, you should not feel pressured to talk to officers — you have the right to remain silent and to speak with a lawyer.
Everyone makes mistakes. By hiring an experienced criminal law attorney, you can build a solid DUI defense to protect your rights, your freedom, your driving privileges and your record.