You have been pulled over for DUI/OUI. Now what? What should you do to protect your rights?
At the Law Office of Jerome Paun, we defend the rights and freedom of people accused of OUI and other motor vehicle related offenses. We use 35 years of experience to fight for the best possible results in our clients' OUI or motor vehicle offense cases. Please read the tips below about what to do after a DUI arrest. Then, contact our law office to speak with an experienced Connecticut OUI lawyer.
1. You have the right to remain silent. Use it!
You have the RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. USE IT! The police are not kidding when they tell you, "Anything you say can and will be used against you." They mean it!
If the police have enough evidence to arrest you, they will; whether you talk to them or not. In most cases, there is nothing you could possibly say to the police that would stop them from arresting you. Frequently, if the police do not have enough evidence to arrest you, they will want to talk with you to see if something you might say will give them the evidence they need.
Furthermore, if you talk to the police and they decide that you are not fully truthful, they could charge you with the crime of making a false statement. Usually, the best way to protect yourself is to USE YOUR RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT until you have consulted with and retained a criminal defense lawyer.
2. Don't Consent to a Search of Your Vehicle!
You have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Normally, the police will not have a search warrant to search your motor vehicle when they stop you for OUI or another motor vehicle offense, but they may ask to search it anyway. If you consent to a search, you have given them the right to search your vehicle.
You don't have to consent to a motor vehicle search. If they ask, tell the police you do not consent to their search request. If they really want to search your vehicle, they should get a search warrant.
3. Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
The attorney you choose to defend you from your OUI charges and DMV license suspension can make a difference. Having an experienced Connecticut OUI lawyer on your side who understands the defenses available to individuals charged with drunk driving is vital to your freedom and your future.
Fight Against Connecticut OUI Penalties
Before you do anything else to defend yourself; before you speak with the prosecutors or consent to a search; before you agree to a plea deal, contact the Law Office of Jerome Paun in Willimantic, Connecticut. There may be better options, such as an Alcohol Education Program, to keep you out of jail and protect your freedom. Call toll free 866-787-0119 or send us an e-mail today!