Your Rights When Arrested for a DUI

Being accused of a crime is anyone’s worst nightmare. If you were recently arrested by police for a DUI, you may be concerned about what the possible repercussions will be. You may be wondering whether you need bail money, if you’ll have to serve jail time, and how this may affect your relationships. 

When halted by police and arrested, it can be difficult to remain calm. You may be tempted to explain yourself, or do whatever possible to get out of it. Keep yourself composed as best as you can and remember that you are not guilty until proven so. There are restrictions on how law enforcement can engage with you. You have rights that protect you from mistreatment by police, including:

  • The right to be treated humanely
  • The right to be free from unlawful search and seizures
  • The right to be told you are under arrest and read Miranda rights
  • The right to contact someone about being arrested
  • The right to speak with a lawyer privately
  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to stop answering questions asked by police at any time
  • The right to see a judge within a reasonable time frame after being arrested

As tempting as it may be, do not attempt to talk your way out of the arrest. Once the officer has made the decision to arrest you, they are unlikely to change their mind. It’s best to abide by the officer’s instructions until you can contact a lawyer at the police station. Maintain your right to remain silent, only providing your identification details, and then ask for an attorney. 

The justice system is regulated and you have rights after an arrest, such as a right to due process, legal representation, speedy trial, jury, confront witnesses, present evidence, and more. As a DUI lawyer, like one from The Law Office of Daniel J. Wright, often reminds clients, you are innocent until proven otherwise. By understanding your rights you can act in a way that is for your benefit if you are ever arrested by police.