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DUI » DUI Defense » DUI Case Tips

DUI Case Tips

There are a few important things you should know if you are facing DUI charges in or around Tampa, Florida. At Thomas & Paulk, we are happy to answer your questions and give you important case tips when you contact us for a free initial case evaluation . Below, you will see a list of some case tips that may be beneficial. We encourage you to read through these and then give us a call to learn more about how we can help you:

  • If you are pulled over for suspected DUI, be polite to the officer. However, do not answer any questions about what you have had to drink or when.
  • Politely refuse to submit to field sobriety testing, as this is not mandatory and you cannot be penalized.
  • If you are arrested, be sure that you contact the Florida DHSMV as soon as possible. You have only 10 calendar days to schedule a DMV hearing regarding your license suspension. A failure to schedule this hearing will result in the automatic suspension of your license.
  • After your arrest, you have the right to remain silent. You do not have to answer questions or submit to formal questioning about the case. While you should cooperate and be polite, you do not have to answer questions about how much you have had to drink and when. Exercise this right!
  • You also have the right to legal counsel. This is a constitutional right that must be observed in order to give defendants in criminal cases the opportunity to prove their innocence. By consulting an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest, you will give him or her a better chance of making a positive impact on your case.
  • Most importantly, contact a lawyer as soon as you can. Having a skilled lawyer at your side as early in the process as possible will mean that your rights will be protected and you will have the greatest opportunity of avoiding license suspension and a conviction.
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