Of course, no one should ever drive while impaired. That being said, we are human beings and, as such, we make mistakes. Unfortunately, making the mistake of driving while impaired can have far-reaching consequences most people are unaware of. Being charged with an Alabama DUI can be an anxiety-inducing, frightening, stressful experience. The future can look very shaky when you find yourself being charged with a DUI. Having an experienced Athens DUI attorney from Martinson & Beason by your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your charges, so you should not face this crisis on your own.
You may know someone who has dealt with the consequences of a DUI conviction. Perhaps they have a device on their car they must blow into prior to driving or have had to make arrangements for someone to take them to work because they lost their license. Maybe they even lost their job. While you may feel passing sympathy for them, the truth is that until it happens to you, you really have no comprehensive idea of just how far-reaching a DUI conviction can be.
Of course, if you’ve been drinking, it’s always better to avoid driving. That being said, you don’t always have to be “drunk” to find yourself being handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser. Because of the plethora of DUI victims, virtually any amount of alcohol in your system makes you a candidate for Alabama DUI charges. You may think that because you are a responsible adult who knows your limits, that the label of “drunk driver” will never be applied to you.
Unfortunately, you could be very wrong. No matter how responsibly you drink, you, like most people, may not realize how few drinks it takes to exceed the legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content. Even three beers could place the average person over the legal limit. Even more alarming, if the police officer claims you were driving while impaired, then even if your BAC was not 0.08 percent or higher, you could still be charged—and convicted—for DUI. Aside from avoiding drinking and driving altogether, what are your rights if you are stopped for a DUI?
If you find yourself being stopped by an Alabama policeman after you have been drinking—even if you only had a couple of beers—make sure you have your paperwork (registration and insurance) easily accessible. Pull over immediately, keep your hands clearly visible, be courteous, but do not admit to anything. If the officer asks if you’ve been drinking, simply ask “would you like to see my license?” or say nothing. Do not, under any circumstances admit to drinking so much as one beer.
Your admission gives him cause to pursue the matter further. If he asks you to step out of your vehicle, do not perform any of the field sobriety tests–there is no penalty for refusal. Keep in mind that no one ever “passes” a roadside sobriety test, not even the sober. If the officer persists in forcing you to take a Breathalyzer or blood test and the results show you have been drinking, you must immediately retain the services of an experienced Athens DUI attorney. This step can make the difference in whether you are convicted or not.
Police Officers are human beings, and as such make human mistakes. Often, the mistakes which are made during a DUI stop, as well as the subsequent arrest and investigation, can render evidence against the DUI defendant which is ultimately inadmissible in court. A knowledgeable Athens DUI attorney from Martinson & Beason who practices this area of the law, day in and day out–and is highly cognizant of Alabama laws regarding DUI–can be your very best hope for a positive outcome if you are dealing with a DUI. Finally, do always call an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately who will be able to advise you of your rights and protect you from anything which could jeopardize your future chances in court.