25Jul 2018

If You've Been Charged With A DUI, Don't Make These Mistakes

Being charged with a crime is always a harrowing experience. Don't make the situation worse for yourself by making some common mistakes. Perhaps the most common mistake people make when charged with a crime is taking to the police without a lawyer present. When they question you, the police are indeed looking for evidence to use against you. The Miranda warning is no joke. What you say can and will be used against you. Never speak to the police about any criminal matter without an attorney present.

Another common mistake people make after being charged with a crime is talking to people other than your attorney about the case. It is definitely calming to talk to a family member about what happened to you, but if you are using your phone call from a jail where you are being held to do so, it is highly likely that you are in a jurisdiction which allows those phone calls to be recorded and used against you. Also, fellow inmates are always happy to "rat out" another for a deal.

The other common mistakes people make have to do with hiring (or not hiring) a lawyer. Some people have a friend who is a great lawyer, a tax lawyer! Hiring a tax lawyer for a criminal case would be a great disservice to yourself. Also, the other mistake would be trying to represent yourself, which is something you really never want to do.

Hiring an attorney like Handy Law assures you that you will receive aggressive legal representation to defend your rights. If you live in Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal defense.