Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Pulled Over for A DUI in Sonoma County and Throughout the North Bay

By June 17, 2019No Comments

Summer’s 100 Dangerous Days

Having hit mid-June, we are in the middle of what law enforcement calls the “100 dangerous days of summer” on the roads. 

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), there were 1,099 DUI arrests made in California this past Memorial Day weekend, an average of 14 arrests per hour. This is a 4% increase from last year.

If you were recently cited or arrested for a DUI, this can be a frightening time. With help from Fiumara Law, you can avoid three mistakes people usually make when they get a DUI citation:

Mistake #1: Speaking Up at the Wrong Time.

Being cited or arrested for DUI can be an overwhelming experience. During this time, you may be upset. Naturally, you will want to speak up for yourself and tell the officer your side of the story about what happened.  Remember your constitutional rights! You do have the right to remain silent. It is best NOT to say anything. Save yourself a headache and do not make the mistake of speaking up for yourself at the wrong time. Save your story for your attorney and the Court if it goes there.

Mistake #2: Ignoring the DUI and Wishing it Away

Whether this is your first DUI offense or not, ignoring it and wishing the DUI away will not do you any good. This is not the time to sit and twiddle your thumbs as if the DUI did not exist. This is a criminal matter.

If you ignore the DUI, your driving privileges will be jeopardized. If you don’t show up for court, you will have an arrest warrant issued for you at your place of work or home—very embarrassing!  As a result, your license can be suspended or revoked. You can also face jail time, receive hefty fines and costs, and be required to do community service. If this piece of information is not enough to get you moving, as of January 2019, anyone arrested for a DUI must install an ignition interlock device (IID) in his or her vehicle after the arrest.

Mistake #3: Waiting Until the Last Minute to Hire an Attorney

Don’t delay. You should never attempt to pursue a DUI case on your own. Now is the time to hire an attorney to represent you in your criminal matter. An experienced, qualified DUI defense attorney is a great resource to assist you with your DUI defense and the many questions you will need answered.  If you want to obtain favorable results, start now! The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner your attorney can begin planning a defense strategy for your case.

If you were cited or arrested for a DUI in Sonoma County, contact Fiumara Law, PC, now. We have been serving the entire North Bay since 1992. We are available 24/7 and will work by your side to prepare your case and develop a strategy to prevent a conviction, so you can get back to living your life. 

Call 707-571-8600 for a free and confidential DUI consultation.

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