If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence, then retaining the help of an experienced attorney is not only your right, it’s essential to navigating the next steps in the legal process. With 95 years of combined experience, the criminal defense attorneys at Anggelis & Gordon, PLLC in Lexington, KY are prepared to assist you with your case and ensure that you receive high-quality representation.
Here are these knowledgeable DUI attorneys' top three tips for what to do if you get pulled over for driving under the influence:
- Stay Calm & Observe What's Happening: When it comes to traffic stops, the first moments after being pulled over are often fraught with anxiety. Knowing what to say—and what not to say—is important. Remembering what happened before, during, and after you’ve been pulled over and documenting everything as best you can will provide your legal team with essential information. Be as honest and forthright with your lawyers about your arrest as you can.
- Know the Law: Although all 50 states have set the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08%, each state approaches the penalties, fines, and circumstances differently. Minors, those with prior charges or convictions, and those found with an excessive BAC are all at risk for harsher legal penalties. You and your attorney will review the results of your alcohol screening test and decide what your options may be.
- Hire an Attorney: Finally, having a defense attorney on your side who is experienced with DUI cases means that you will be well informed ahead of time of what choices are available to you. You may not know what questions to ask, or what effect your answers in court could mean long term. Even if you are guilty, you still deserve a fair trial and the chance to present your side of the story, and hiring an experienced DUI attorney will help ensure that your rights are protected and upheld.
If you've been charged with a DUI, don't face the charges alone. Contact the experienced attorneys at Anggelis & Gordon, PLLC today at (859) 255-7761 to schedule a consultation, or visit them online to learn more.