What to Do if Charged with a DUI

There are many occasions to have a few drinks, but you must drink responsibly. The impact of a DUI charge can affect your rights, record, and future. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI/DWI in Tennessee, it is in your best interest to hire a trustworthy criminal attorney to handle your charges. With the right attorney, you improve your chances of receiving diminished charges, an acquittal, or dismissal. Regardless of the number of offenses, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are about to be arrested or have already been charged with a DUI.

Know Your Rights

In the event that you are arrested, it is important to know your rights. The primary right you have, under the Fifth Amendment, is to remain silent. If you are being charged, it is true that anything you say can and will be used against you by the prosecution. Remain calm and polite, and do not answer any questions until your lawyer is present. Professional law enforcement should respect this right. If you feel pressured to speak without representation, make sure to take note of the name of the officer and any actions they took that made you uncomfortable.

Know Your Charges

There is no room for error when your freedom is at stake. From the moment of your arrest, you should be attentive to every interaction or test that is asked of you. Even the best-trained officers and analysts can make mistakes and inaccurately conduct your breathalyzer or blood sample. Various physical indicators are also used to look for alcohol impairment. However, showing any number of these indicators does not mean this is the result of a DUI. Having an experienced criminal attorney review your arrest details as soon as possible will maximize your chance at a strong defense.

Know Your Attorney

The most detrimental decision you can make is to hastily hire a general practice lawyer not familiar with the specific charges in your case. To receive the best outcome, it will take an experienced criminal lawyer well versed in DUI charges within Tennessee. As with many life-altering decisions, take the time to familiarize yourself with all the necessary resources and requirements that will give you the positive results you need. Having a skilled attorney that handles DUI charges in Tennessee will be your best fighting chance for winning your case.

Hire a DUI Attorney

At Speek, Turner & Newkirk, we provide the experience and knowledge to give you the best possible outcome. Call us at 423-531-2800 or contact us online for a free consultation if you are ready to discuss your options.