If you have been arrested for a DUI or OWI in Alaska, not all hope is lost. There is still a possibility to either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed entirely. It is important to be aware of the mistakes that could have an adverse impact on your case.
The following are the most common mistakes which could jeopardize your pending DUI case:
- Make incriminating statements. After you have been arrested, you can’t argue your way out of it. Trying to explain your side of the story can result in providing police with more evidence to use against you. You can always exercise your right to remain silent.
- Fail to reinstate your driving privileges. Without a reliable means of transportation to get to work, school, or help you perform day-to-day activities, it can make your life quite difficult. In order to reinstate your driver’s license, you need to satisfy the requirements of your suspension, such as completing an alcohol education program or having an ignition interlock device installed.
- Plead guilty. Those who get arrested often believe that there is no way they can win their case, especially if they had failed the breath or blood test. Fortunately, there is a possibility that your test results may be inadmissible in court if the arresting officer did not perform it in the correct way or failed to have the testing device calibrated properly.
- Fail to hire an attorney. Having an experienced DUI lawyer on your side can help you avoid making all of the mistakes above and ensure that you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.