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Seattle DUI Lawyer Tips on How to Avoid a DUI

Common sense is, unfortunately, commonly overlooked-particularly when it comes to DUIs in Washington State. The easiest way to avoid a DUI is to not drink and drive. When you want to go out and drink, you can hail a cab, walk home, select a designated driver or wait until you are sober to drive home. If you neglect to follow these tips though, there are still some things Seattle DUI lawyer wants you to do to protect your rights when stopped for a DUI.

Our DUI Attorney Recommends:

  • Pull over in a safe spot. One of an officer’s first indicators of your sobriety is where you choose to pull over. If you immediately freak out and pull over in a dimly lit, high traffic area, you may already be giving the officer suspicions about your mental state.
  • Stay silent. Don’t say, “I was just on my way from a friend’s house in Bremerton.” Don’t say anything. It can all end up hurting you later on.
  • Be kind. There is never a good reason to be rude to a state trooper. They are only trying to keep the roads safe. Being impolite will only hurt your case later on.
  • Decline the field sobriety test. This test is optional. There is no benefit for you if you take it, and whether or not you submit to the test, you will be arrested at this point anyway.
  • Refuse the portable breath test. These tests are highly inaccurate and there is no legal obligation for you to take one. You will only be providing the officer evidence against you.
  • Take the chemical test. In other states, you are better off facing the penalties for not taking these tests than you are facing a DUI charge. In Seattle, Washington this is not the case. Always take the chemical test when asked to.
  • Request an attorney. As soon as you are arrested, begin asking for an attorney. The officers may not give you legal representation immediately, but it will show you are aware of your rights. Additionally, the sooner you hire a DUI defense lawyer in Tacoma, Olympia or Everett, the sooner he or she can begin developing a strong case for your Administrative License Hearing to prevent the suspension of your license.

Contact Our Everett DUI Law Firm

If you have been charged with a DUI, contact us to speak with a top drunk driving defense attorney in King County. We offer free initial consultations and case evaluations, so contact us today to schedule an appointment with a skilled Seattle DUI lawyer in our offices.

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