This post will share some of the top tips to avoid incriminating yourself during a DUI arrest or court proceeding.

Remain Silent

You have the right to remain silent. As the well-repeated saying goes “whatever you say during an arrest can and will be used against you in court." This is known as the Miranda Right. If you choose to speak, the arresting officer will submit a detailed report about what’s stated. If the defendant’s speech was slurred, this is sometimes an indication of intoxication or impairment. In other words, never confess to having a drink or two. It’s also important to note that you’ll still need to provide identifying information to the officer. This includes a valid driver’s license, your current insurance, as well as the vehicle registration.

Contact A Lawyer

A DUI lawyer will guide you through the necessary steps, from arrest, chemical testing, bail, and court trials – to help you make the best decision for your case. As an example, a lawyer can advise you to pursue independent testing for accuracy instead of using the county jail’s overused equipment. In many instances, these equipment provides faulty readings, or the arresting officer may not use correct testing proceedings to perform the test.

Weigh Your Options

The DUI lawyer can also decipher whether to deny a chemical test. In California, this would mean a one year automatic suspension of the offender’s driver’s license. This is sometimes the best option for repeat DUI offenders who have a lot at stake in terms of penalties.

For more DUI information, consult with MacGregor and Collins at (949) 250-6097. The law firm has a well versed team of Newport Beach DUI lawyers who can help you avoid jail time, lower the fines, and also preserve your right to drive legally.