Being pulled over on suspicion of driving under influence (DUI) can be a scary experience. If you have been accused of drunk drinking, it is important that you figure out how you are going to defend yourself and get out of trouble.
A DUI conviction can impact your life in a number of ways. Given the serious consequences of a DUI conviction in Virginia, it is crucial that you do everything you can to avoid pitfalls that can hurt your case. Here are common mistakes that you need to avoid when facing potential DUI charges.
Underestimating your charges
Make no mistake, DUI is a serious offense. When facing potential DUI charges, it is important that you understand what is at stake. In fact, during the prosecution, you will be facing two possible problems. First, the DMV will be reviewing whether you should lose your driver’s license or not. Second, you will be having a criminal case to deal with. Both are serious troubles to deal with.
Virginia, like all the other states, has “implied consent” laws. This law requires you to yield to a breathalyzer test if the police direct you to take one. You can decline to participate in roadside testing, like the horizontal gaze test, but refusing to comply can have serious consequences. Cooperation goes beyond yielding to the breathalyzer test. If the police decide to arrest you, it is important that you do not resist arrest as doing so may attract additional charges.
Admitting that you have been drinking
If you only had a glass or two, you may feel okay telling the police the truth — but that’s a huge mistake. Never admit that you have been drinking as the prosecution will most certainly use this against you. At the same time, it is important that you do not lie. If asked whether you have been drinking, tell the police you would rather not say anything without speaking to your attorney.
A DUI charge can turn your life upside down. These are some of the mistakes you need to be aware of and avoid when facing a possible DUI charge.