Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is a serious mistake with far-reaching consequences. Besides, the legal consequences, a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can also impact other aspects of your life.
If you are charged with DWI, it is important that you steer clear of mistakes that can gravely jeopardize your legal rights. Here are some of those mistakes:
Trying to talk your way out of trouble
If you are accused of drunk driving, especially when no one is hurt or property damaged, you might be tempted to think things are not too serious. However, this can be a costly mistake.
Remember, what you say to the police or the prosecution during your arrest and investigation can often be used against you during the trial. Saying things like, “Officer, I only had one beer. I cannot be drunk!” or “My designated driver didn’t show up, so I just decided to drive myself home,” will not get you out of trouble. Remember your Miranda Rights and exercise them.
Discussing your case on social media
There is no denying that a criminal charge can be a traumatic experience. As such, it is not uncommon to want emotional support from family and friends. However, discussing your DUI arrest and charge only can complicate matters for you.
The prosecution may camp on your social media profile in search of additional evidence to use against you. Talking about the previous night’s party and how it “got you in trouble” might be all they need to seal your fate.
A conviction for drunk driving can greatly impact your life. However, knowing your legal options can help you build a strong defense and protect your rights when charged with DWI.