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Common mistakes people make in DUI cases

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2019 | criminal defense |

No one should ever run the risk of driving while intoxicated. One drunk driver in South Dakota ran her car into a school bus in February, leading to her arrest and one student sustaining injuries.

Regardless of how much you actually drank before the arrest, you need to take the process seriously. Some people are completely clueless about how to proceed, so they end up making serious mistakes. Here are some of the biggest errors you need to avoid if you are facing a DUI arrest and trial.

Trying to talk your way out of it

A lot of people think they can simply explain to the police what happened. The cops may encourage this because they get you to talk to them without an attorney present. This belief only grows if the incident did not involve any injuries or property damage. However, South Dakota police take drunk driving seriously, so you need to do the same.

Pleading guilty after blowing over the limit

Many people will submit to a breathalyzer test and blow over the legal limit of 0.08. From there, they assume they should just plead guilty because the cops supposedly have all the evidence they need. However, there are plenty of variables you can build a defense around. For example, you can build a case around why the officer pulled you over in the first place. Additionally, the devices officers use are not always accurate, so you may build a case suggesting you were not technically over the limit.

Assuming all legal help is the same

You want someone with experience and passion for this field to help get you out. It is a good idea to build your defense with the assistance of a professional who understands criminal law, so take your time when seeking such help.