Interviewer: Is this something you would recommend for someone who has a DUI? Even though it might be difficult to relive the experience, should people make a journal of what they did that day leading up to their arrest? A detailed account what happened that day? If they have a journal of the whole experience, when they talk to a lawyer they will remember more of what happened in order to assist the attorney with their defense?
The First Steps to Take
Freddy: What I recommend that they do are these steps that you want to take in any criminal case, especially with a DUI.
Number one, as soon as you get stopped you want to remain silent. You want to give the officer the basic information the officer asks for but you don’t have to go into detail.
Number two will be that you want to refuse the Breathalyzer test. Most people are intimidated. They think if they refuse the test they will automatically lose their license. If you give them too much information, you will lose your license anyway. We can usually get your license back if you refuse temporarily.
Refusing the Breathalyzer Test
It’s best to refuse a test and if the officer wants to take you in based on their assumption that you might be intoxicated, let them take you in. The next morning get bonded out, and then after that, contact an attorney. Before you go to the attorney’s office write down everything single thing that occurred, everything that you remember. This includes the sights, the sounds, the smells, what the officer may have said to you in the patrol car. Also include what you may have said when you got stopped. You want to write down everything so that you remember what your case is all about.
Document the Details
Most of us cannot remember what we wore three Thursday’s ago. We have no idea unless it was a special event. A lot of our short-term memory will go away rather quickly, especially if we have a traumatic event such as an arrest. It’s very important to write down everything that you remember as quickly as you can remember it. It is preferable to do this the next day after you have bonded out of jail.
By Freddy Woods