Thanksgiving usually reminds us of is a time for friends, family, and food. Usually these are joyous times to come together, share a meal, and be thankful for one another. Unfortunately, the holiday season is not always ideal. Sometimes these gatherings can be stressful. Sometimes they can involve disagreement among family members.
Often, these gatherings also involve alcohol. Unfortunately, sometimes we can accidently over-indulge. This can lead to legal trouble. There are several crimes that often involve alcohol, such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Assault, and Domestic Violence.
When stopped for a DUI, it is important to remember your rights. First, be polite. Second, indicate that you wish to invoke your right to remain silent. Three, indicate you are not answering any questions and wish to speak to an attorney.
If you are stopped for a DUI, refuse to engage in any Field sobriety tests. Also, refuse to do the breath test on the roadside. These tests are voluntary, and will only provide additional information to be used against you later. Once you are taken to the station, they will ask you to perform a breath test. Ask to speak to an attorney. There is a list of attorneys to call. This breath test is not voluntary. It is important to perform this breath test. If you refuse to take this breath test, you will still be charged with a DUI (Refusal), which will often result in a harsher punishment than providing a breath sample.
The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer is here to assist you. If you have any questions or need representation, please call us at 360-334-6277.