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3 mistakes to avoid if you are charged with DUI

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Whether it is your first or fourth, facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial to remember that, right from the stop to the arraignment, you have rights and are presumed innocent until you are convicted.

A drunk driving conviction can have a lasting impact on your life. For this reason, it is important that you avoid mistakes that can lead you deeper into the woods. Here are costly mistakes you need to steer clear of if you are facing DUI charges in Maryland:

1. Talking about your arrest on social media

There is no doubt that getting arrested for any reason can be traumatic. As such, it is not uncommon to turn to family and friends for support. However, taking the matter to social media can only worsen your woes. While building their case, the prosecution will likely pore through your online activities in search of anything they can use against you. And this includes any posts you made about your arrest that could amount to a confession.

2. Presuming that you are guilty as charged

While the prosecution might make it seem like your conviction is a given, it’s important to understand that you can always fight the charges. For instance, if you can show that the police made certain mistakes during the stop, while administering the breathalyzer test or during your arrest, then you might bring these up during your defense. Keep in mind that the police cannot stop and arrest for DUI without probable cause. If they do, you may challenge any evidence they present against you in court.

3. Driving without a license

One of the immediate consequences of a DUI-related arrest is the suspension of your driver’s license. If this happens, you must never drive with a suspended license under any circumstance. If you do, and you are caught, you might face additional charges.

Being charged with drunk driving can be extremely stressful. Understanding your legal obligations following the charge can help you avoid mistakes that can potentially complicate your situation.