Being pulled over and charged with a DUI in Toronto can be a devastating event. Whether you've made a mistake in your judgment or not, the experience is of course extremely stressful.
However, it is in these stressful situations that drivers often make terrible mistakes. If you are receiving or have recently received a DUI charge, it is essential to stay keenly aware of your rights. Moreover, it's important to know what to say and when to say it. From here on out, how you proceed legally can make a huge difference in your future.
Unfortunately, too many Toronto drivers in situations like these do not realize the mistakes they're making. If you find yourself in a similar situation, avoid the following errors and you'll have a much better chance of winning your case and avoiding a criminal record.
1. Assuming that you're guilty.
You may have blown over the legal limit. You may have made mistakes. However, this does not mean that you're automatically guilty of an official drinking and driving charge. Breathalyzer tests are simple mechanical devices, which can malfunction and end up reading the wrong blood alcohol level at any time.
There are numerous factors that go into assigning a DUI charge to a driver, and additional factors will certainly play a role in whether you are found guilty or not.
2. Not seeking the legal representation.
Fighting legal charges of any kind — and especially DUI charges means seeking assistance from the proper drinking and driving lawyer in Toronto. You need a lawyer with specific experience in fighting DUI charges and winning them.
3. Driving against restrictions.
After an impaired driving citation, you cannot drive legally. Your license will be taken away from you. Even if you are completely innocent of the charges or plan on fighting the charges, you should never drive during this time or the subsequent ramifications could be severe.
4. Blatantly admitting fault.
Never admit or assume guilt when speaking to an officer or anyone in the courts or legal system. If you've made the right choice and contacted a DUI lawyer, you should only speak to this individual about your case. What you say to officers may be held against you at a later time.
5. Not realizing the depth of the charges.
Being charged with a DUI is a criminal offense that will go on your permanent record. It will affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, drive, and even get into school down the line. Furthermore, jail time and fines will accompany this charge. Ensure that you realize the depth of these serious accusations, and act accordingly.
Contact a Toronto DUI Lawyer to Help Fight Your Case
Only our Toronto DUI lawyers have the know-how and legal acumen to help you fight your case adequately and avoid you acquiring a criminal record. To learn more about how we can help you fight your case, contact Toronto DUI today for a free consultation.