Whether you've been justly or falsely accused of driving under the influence, there are some big mistakes that people commonly make that leave them vulnerable. Getting a DUI can lead to a lot of stress, and it can be difficult to keep a clear mind moving forward. To protect your future, remember the following post-DUI considerations.

1. Not Finding a Reputable Attorney

Unfortunately, not all DUI attorneys were created equally. Some have decades of experience while others simply don't know what they're doing. If you hire an attorney who isn't diligent and dismisses the potential for you to win your case, you could be paying for it for a long time. A DUI can have many long term effects on your future, and you need to make certain that you hire an attorney who will vigilantly fight on your behalf.

2. Failing to Understand the Testing Process

With all of the negative publicity the police have been getting in the media lately, you need to work with an attorney who knows what the police can do (legally) to test you. There are specific procedures that an officer needs to follow to reasonably and legally ascertain if a driver is under the influence. Your attorney needs to have an intimate understanding of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).

It's not unheard of for some police officers to use incorrect or inappropriate measures to intimidate or mistreat citizens, and having an understanding of the correct testing process is paramount to the success of your case. Even small mistakes made by an officer during the testing process could have huge implications on the outcome of your case.

3. Taking a Blood Test at Face Value

A blood test is not the be-all-end-all determiner for accurately measuring an individual's intoxication levels, and a good attorney will know this. Bad attorneys, on the other hand, will agree that the measured BAC levels were too high and look for another means to win their clients' cases.

A blood test will only be found to be acceptable if the blood was taken in an acceptable manner, no one deviated from standard procedures, and the analysis of the sample was performed correctly.

Furthermore, the same holds true for breathalyzers. The officer needs to follow specific procedures and it needs to be proven that the breathalyzer was accurate.

4. Failing to Revisit the Arrest Site

If you hire a diligent attorney, they will absolutely want to see the area where you were pulled over. There are a myriad of environmental factors and considerations that could potentially explain your behavior or have caused personal safety concerns. For example, road hazards might explain atypical driving (like swerving), thus negating the assumption that you were impaired.

5. Testifying

It is often a big mistake for the accused party to testify. In our legal system, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, which is in your favor. Unless you need to take the stand to prove a fact that is critical to the outcome of your case, you are much safer having an experienced attorney speaking on your behalf.

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