If you are a motorist in PA, this may be the most important blog post you’ll ever read. With the Summer approaching, Pennsylvania State and local police are busy planning out more DUI roadblocks and DUI focused patrols. You will likely be stopped whether or not you are driving under the influence. Our Wilkes Barre lawyers have some advice if you get yourself pulled over for a possible DUI.
DUI 101 from Bigda Law
No one can talk their way out of a DUI so don’t try it. You can only hurt yourself by talking. Don’t admit to drinking any amount of alcohol or say anything and most especially don’t lie (don’t say “I had a few” or “I had 2″). Just politely say, “Officer, I choose to remain silent”. Provide the necessary documents and remain silent. Staying silent is the best thing you can do for yourself and it is your right. Also, there is no need to get angry or defensive with the Police Officer. He is merely doing his job, keeping the roads safe for motorists. Follow his directions and remain calm, no matter how stressful the situation is.
Write Things Down
Another important piece of advice is to write things down. Try to establish a drinking history by going back and getting witnesses names and addresses so we can later go back and investigate it to make a true pharmacological history. People forget things and writing things down will help preserve the details. Remember, details provide for truth. The truth win cases.
The important things to take note of is who can confirm how little you had to drink and over what period of time as well as your stomach contents (what you had to eat). With this and other information we can construct what your BAC should have been at the time of driving or the time of the test to refute the state’s evidence. In addition, we want to talk with everyone who saw you so we can present witnesses that refutes the officer’s claim that you appeared drunk and instead that you were in charge of your faculties, that you made sense and that you weren’t stumbling when they saw you. Finally, we want to interview any passengers in your car or those who did not stop you from driving, so that we can gain their estimation from those who know you better than the officer who is a stranger to you as to whether or not you were capable of safe driving and how they thought that you were fine to drive and that they care about you and others and would not let you drive if they thought you were even possibly drunk.
Call Qualified PA DUI Attorneys Immediately
The best way to help yourself is to call the qualified Wilkes Barre attorneys at Bigda Law immediately. As mentioned before, details win cases. The earlier you get us involved, the better we can prepare your case.
There are also time sensitive steps that need to be completed early on. For example, if your license is suspended due to a DUI refusal, you must appeal within 30 days or else your license suspension will stand. You will also want to consult a qualified attorney for your preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing is an important legal step for your DUI defense and you should have an attorney present to represent your case.
You should never drive under the influence of any substance. Do the right thing- call a cab, an uber or have a designated driver if you know you will be too impaired to drive home. Stay safe out there!