Police officers hear numerous excuses from those they arrest for DUI. Often citizens feel the need to offer the officer an explanation for why they have been pulled over. This is not your job. You have probably heard the Miranda expression that “anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.” This is true and you bet that officer is going to testify to what you allegedly said. Do you really want your explanation of, “I just had 3 or 4 beers” or your post FST statement of, “I can’t even do that test sober” to be used against you? Anything you tell law enforcement is ammunition to fine you, take your license, make you attend alcohol treatment classes and lock you up. Furthermore, the officer needs to have probable cause to pull you over in the first place. If there was no probable cause to stop your car then your attorney should run a 1538.5 suppression motion to get the evidence thrown out and your case dismissed. Remember, the only reason law enforcement wants to talk to a private citizen is because they believe that you are either one of three categories: (1) a victim, (2) a suspect or (3) a witness. Odds are when they pull your car over that you are a suspect. Politely hand over your license, registration and insurance information. Don’t give them an explanation!
Los Angeles/Southern California criminal defense attorney. Former Deputy District Attorney, now dedicated to preserving your trial rights in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases, traffic violations and other criminal cases. I focus my practice on Criminal Law and I place a special emphasis on DUI cases. Educate yourself! Don’t let the police officer and prosecutor be the only ones who are informed! Protect, defend and fight for your rights! Contact me by email: [email protected] or by phone: (310)739-4612 to discuss your case if you have been arrested for DUI, received a traffic ticket or have been charged with a crime in Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California. I am a member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, the California Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Go to my website: www.adamjpost.com
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