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What You Should Do If You Are Facing False Accusation Of DUI

by Flenn Lane

If you have been accused of DUI (driving under the influence), you should take the accusations seriously even if you believe you were not intoxicated at the time of your arrest. Here are some tips for facing a false accusation of DUI:

Don't Assume the Truth Will Set You Free

If you have been falsely accused of DUI, one of the worst things you can do is to assume that you will be acquitted because you are innocent. This is evidenced by the fact that innocent people have been convicted of DUI, and there is no concrete evidence that it won't happen again. Therefore, treat the case as seriously as you would treat it if you were actually guilty.

Document Everything

A good defense strategy relies on facts and legal grounds, and the best way to preserve your facts is to document everything. You shouldn't rely on your memory; human memory is too flimsy to remember everything that happen on the day you were arrested. Therefore, document what you were doing just before you were arrested, where you were arrested, the tests you took and anything else associated with your DUI charges. Your DUI attorney will need all this to paint an accurate picture of your activities that day to show the court your innocence.

Be Utterly Honest

The minute the judge or jury realize that you are lying or hiding something is the minute you will lose them. Once you are caught lying, every word you will utter henceforth will be treated with doubt, and even your innocence will be doubtful. Therefore, every question you will be asked should be answered with honesty. For example, there is no use saying that you are a teetotaler if you are a social drinker. You will be toast if the prosecution unearths evidence of you drinking alcohol in the past. Instead, you should just agree that you are a social drinker, but then prove to the court that you were not intoxicated when you were arrested.

Get a Defense Lawyer

Lastly, you need to get a lawyer to defend you even if you are innocent. In fact, it is much worse to be convicted of a DUI if you are innocent than to be convicted of the offense if you are actually guilty. Hiring a lawyer ensures that every "t" will be crossed and every "i" will be dotted as far as your defense is concerned.