The police are behind you, lights flashing. After some document checks and questions, you are asked to step out of the car. You are asked to perform sobriety tests. You don’t pass the tests, are under arrest and put in cuffs. Were you read “implied consent”? Was your license suspended because you didn’t take a breath test? Were you given a bond after booking?
This is when you need to call an experienced DUI attorney.
When you call a lawyer, the lawyer should ask you:
• Where and when were you stopped, by what agency?
• Were the roadside sobriety tests taped?
• Did the arresting officer perform a gaze nystagmus test?
• Did you blow?
• If you did, what were the results?
• Do you have prior DUI? Are they in Florida?
• What is the status of your license?
• Are there are charges besides the DUI including infractions?
• Were you given a court date, or do you have to set one yourself?
If the lawyer doesn’t ask you these questions, hang up and call another one, because information is the key to a successful defense. Perhaps all your questions can’t be precisely answered, but many can be, and it is never too early to plot a strategy for a successful defense.