If you have been pulled over and the officer suspects you have been driving drunk, your best defense is a thorough knowledge of the law. By invoking your rights during an arrest, you will minimize the evidence against you in court, making your case that much easier for your Vista DUI lawyer to fight.
While you should always be polite to the officer, never provide more information then you are legally required to give. That means telling him your name, address and that you are invoking your right to silence. Do not answer questions about where you were, where you were going or whether you have been drinking.
When the officer suspects you have been drinking, he may ask you to perform field sobriety tests or to submit to a portable breathalyzer. It is important to know that unless you are under 21, these tests are completely optional. You have the right to refuse to take these tests. Minors are legally required to submit to the portable breathalyzer test.
Once you’re placed under arrest, you are legally required to take either a breath or blood test. The decision is up to you and both tests have their advantages and disadvantages, so choose whatever you think is right for your situation.
Ask to speak to Vista DUI Attorney Peter Liss as soon as you are arrested. While you will not be immediately granted a chance to contact your lawyer, this request will prove that you know your rights and are in control of your full mental faculties. As soon as you get an opportunity, call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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