National holidays, such as Labor Day, can be a great opportunity to relax
and share a few drinks with family and friends. However, the break from
a stressful work routine can lead people to drive home after having too
much to drink, putting them at risk for a run in with the law. It is a
common tactic of law enforcement to ramp up DUI checkpoints during the
holidays and this Labor Day weekend was no exception. A spokesperson for
the Santa Rosa police announced that over an 18 day period ending on Labor
Day, the increased effort to find drunk drivers resulted in more than
Make no mistake, DUI is a serious criminal offense and even first-time
offenders can be facing time in jail, steep fines, a suspended license,
and the possible installation of an ignition interlock device. While specific
punishments will vary from case to case, charges are generally influenced
by factors including, how fast you were going, blood alcohol content (BAC),
and any prior DUI convictions.
What If I Have Been Arrested?
Police may attempt to convince you that you do not have a fighting chance
at overcoming the charges against you. Do not listen. A charge for DUI
is not the end of the world, it is the beginning of your case. What police
do not want you to know is that the majority of tests and “evidence”
used in a DUI case are unscientific and unreliable. Even if you failed
a field sobriety test or blew a .08% or above on a breathalyzer, you may
still be able to win your case.
Steps to take if you have been arrested for DUI include:
Do not talk about your arrest publically: After a stressful event such as a DUI arrest, it may be tempting to take
to social media and vent your frustration. Remember, anything that you
say or do online may be used against you during your legal battle.
Do not drive on a suspended license: If law enforcement has found you to be in violation of drunk driving
laws, it is likely that your license will be suspended. While this is
an administrative penalty, driving with a suspended or revoked license
is a criminal offense.
Contact an attorney: If left uncontested, the evidence and testimony of police officers can
greatly damage the chances of a successful outcome in your case. Furthermore,
an attorney can help protect you from self-incrimination and can advise
you on every step of your dealings with the police.
If you were pulled over this Labor Day weekend and charged with driving
under the influence, do not waste any time in contacting the Law Offices
of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. An accusation of DUI is far from a conviction and
the first step in beating the charges against you is to understand your
legal options. Our lead
Santa Rosa DUI attorney has substantial experience helping clients to understand and overcome
drunk driving charges and when you are ready to take action, help is only
a phone call away.
Call (707) 418-5352 and
Schedule a free consultation with our firm today.