Learn How to Protect Yourself from Hackensack DUI Defense Attorney Scott Gorman
With the potential for fines, loss of driving privileges and even jail time, if you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey, you need to take your situation extremely seriously. A DUI conviction can impact your life long past the end of your driver’s license suspension, and, if you make mistakes after your arrest, you could make it much, much easier for the prosecutor to convict you.
5 Critical Mistakes After a DUI Arrest in New Jersey
If you have been arrested for DUI in New Jersey, what do you need to do to protect yourself? For starters, here are five all-too-common mistakes you need to avoid:
1. Talking to the Arresting Officer or Anyone at the Police Station
While you need to be polite, you also need to avoid saying anything of substance to the police. When in doubt, exercise your right to remain silent. Until you hire an attorney, you are your only advocate, and the best way to protect yourself is to avoid saying anything that could be used against you.
2. Refusing to Give a Breath Sample
While you do not have to talk to the police (or consent to field sobriety tests), without realizing it, in most instances, you have already given your consent to give breath samples and refusing to give those breath samples will carry significant penalties. Under New Jersey law, by driving on public roads you have given your “implied consent” to take a breath test. If you refuse a breath test, you will almost certainly be charged with DUI, and you will be separately charged with a Refusal violation as well.
3. Assuming You will be Found Guilty
No matter what the circumstances were surrounding your arrest, and no matter how much you had to drink before the police pulled you over, you should never assume you will be found guilty of DUI. There are numerous potential defenses to DUI charges in New Jersey, and many of these defenses are available even if you were over the limit at the time of your arrest.
4. Assuming You are Innocent
By the same token, you also cannot afford to assume that you are innocent. While it is sometimes possible to avoid a conviction even if you were driving drunk, unfortunately, it is also possible to get convicted even if you were driving sober. Make no mistake: You need to defend yourself, and this starts with hiring experienced legal representation.
5. Failing to Appreciate the Severity of Your Situation
Fines. Insurance surcharges. Driver’s license suspension. Thirty days in jail. Mandatory alcohol education at your expense. These are just some of the potential consequences of a first-time DUI conviction. Having a DUI conviction on your record can keep you from getting into school or landing a job, and it can also subject you to enhanced penalties for a subsequent offense.
Contact Hackensack, NJ DUI Defense Attorney Scott Gorman
If you are facing a DUI charge in New Jersey, contact The Gorman Law Firm to get the help you need to avoid costly mistakes. To speak with Hackensack DUI defense attorney Scott Gorman in confidence, call (201) 381-5560 or request a free consultation online now.