Know your rights if you face a DUI charge

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2019 | motor vehicle accidents

Getting a DUI in Long Island is the last thing anyone wants, but if you’ve seen the flashing lights of a patrol car in your rearview mirror, it might be too late to avoid charges.

The good news is that your attorney can help protect you against unfair penalties and charges that you don’t deserve. If you get stopped, make sure you don’t admit to any wrongdoing and ask for your attorney if you’re arrested.

With whom will you interact during a Long Island DUI case?

Initially, you’ll be involved with law enforcement as the officer determines if you’re intoxicated or should be allowed on the roads. If you are arrested, you may be taken to a local police station. If your case will be prosecuted, you may end up going to court in Nassau or Suffolk County.

By law, no one is able to drive while under the influence of alcohol. The legal limit is .08%, but even a blood alcohol content of .05 to .07% can lead to a charge if you’re driving dangerously.

After you’re arrested, you will have a chance to talk to your attorney about your case. Your attorney will ask questions about your arrest, such as if the officer had reasonable suspicion to pull you over and if the breath test or field sobriety tests were given correctly. Before you’re interviewed, it’s smart to speak with your attorney, so you don’t say or do anything that could hurt your case.

Our site has more on DUIs in Long Island. With preparation, you can defend yourself.