Preparing Your Defense
Whether you believe that you are guilty or not, the first thing that you should consider when you are arrested for a DUI is how you are going to prepare your defense for court. Drunk driving is considered a very serious offense in the state of Rhode Island, and as soon as you are pulled over you are put on the defensive. Knowing what to do and what not to do throughout the booking, bail, and trial process can mean the difference between a guilty or not guilty verdict.
When you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, remember that you do not have to consent to any tests or give any information to the police. You do not have to answer an officer’s questions or agree to a search, and if an officer asks you to perform a field sobriety test or take a breathalyzer, you can say no. When you arrive at the police station, you still do not have to hand over any property or give the police any information that can be used against you. Avoid talking about the case even with family or friends to minimize the risk of having the information turned over as evidence in court.
To help you throughout the trial process, consider contacting a DUI defense lawyer immediately. A lawyer will inform you of your rights and advise you on what the best course of action is for your case. You can freely talk with your attorney with the assurance that what you tell him or her will remain confidential. When you go to court, your lawyer will defend your case against an overzealous prosecution and aggressively fight to protect your rights and interests.
For sound legal advice and assistance with your DUI arrest, don’t hesitate to contact aggressive, experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer Matthew Marin today at 401-287-4384.