Examining Drunk Driving Prevention
Many individuals know that drunk driving charges can and are serious matters. This is especially true, not because of the possible jail confinement or fine imposed, but because of the other consequences, sanctions, and punishments that can be and are inflicted on an individual convicted of a drunk driving charge. At the end of the day, drunk driving prevention is essential to keeping you safe and out of jail. Remember, drunk driving charges encompass a large range of various crimes, such as OWI, OWVI, DUI, or OWI 2nd subsequent.
Drunk driving prevention begins and ends with the individual who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The best way to prevent drunk driving charges is to not drive. This either means that when you drive your vehicle and then decide to drink, you call a cab, Uber or a friend or family member, or the other option is to not drink at all when you are utilizing your motor vehicle. Drunk driving prevention begins with the choices we make before we even make the choice to drink. For example, contacting a cab or Uber or having a designated driver is an obvious choice rather than abandoning your vehicle once you have already went out for the evening. But drunk driving prevention is not always that easy nor clean cut.
The real issue begins when an individual is involved in an accident or a traffic stop that subsequently also the suspicion of drunk driving. This too is where drunk driving prevention can come into play. The reality of life is that people drink and drive, and thus when they are confronted by police during these times. Drunk driving prevention becomes imperative because even if you are intoxicated you have specific rights that should not be infringed upon or given up. Remember, you have the right to remain silent, the right to counsel (or representation), and you lose that right and will have things used against you during a police encounter if you choose to speak or voluntary provide them with incriminating information. This is beyond important, and so many individual’s forget these two important rights.
You are not required to answer questions such as “have you been drinking,” “when was your last drink,” or “how many drinks have you had tonight.” These are incriminating questions, which you can and should invoke your right to silence on. It is not enough to simply remain silent, you must unequivocally voice your right that you will not answer and instead remain silent. Use this right whenever you are involved in questioning by a police officer and feel that what you say may be incriminating. It is better to invoke this right and the right to counsel prior to hurting your case and yourself. Police officers have a job, which is to collect evidence and protect other citizens. Invoking your rights is not against the law nor is it hindering an officer’s job performance. In fact, it is forcing the officer to continue with his or her duty of color to actually perform an investigation in order to substantiate their claims of criminality against you.
Simple questioning is not the only thing involved in drunk driving prevention or investigations. Officers will ask you to perform field sobriety tests, roadside and in-custody breathalyzer tests, and possibly other various tests and procedures to determine if you are in fact intoxicated beyond the legal limit. Knowing what can and cannot be done during a drunk driving investigation is essential all drunk driving cases. This is why having proper representation whenever you are involved in drunk driving charges is the key too drunk driving prevention. Josh Jones is here 7-days a week; contact him today for your free consultation.
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