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The Fourth of July is right around the corner and for most people that means celebrating with friends and family, getting away from work and other responsibilities over the holiday weekend, and traveling to and from destinations. This is a memorable, leisurely time of year, but if your celebrations involve alcohol there are a few things you should remember. Holiday weekends increase the prevalence of DUI checkpoints and subsequently—the amount of those charged with DUIs all over the United States. The experienced DUI attorneys at The Law Office of Ameen and Shafii want you to have a safe, stress-free holiday weekend. Here are a few helpful tips from Attorney Andrew Shafii regarding how you can avoid getting into legal trouble this holiday weekend:
#5. BE COOPERATIVE WITH THE POLICE IF YOU ARE STOPPED.
Police officers serve a purpose. Ultimately, their aim is to keep you safe and keep the peace. Be respectful and responsive to their questions, but remember to protect your own rights as well.
#4. DO NOT VOLUNTARILY OFFER INFORMATION.
Answer questions and be polite, but DO NOT offer information about your activities. This includes telling the officer how many drinks you’ve consumed. This is not necessary, so keep it brief.
#3. KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL INTERACTIONS WITH THE POLICE MAY BE AUDIO RECORDED OR VIDEO TAPED.
This works to your advantage and disadvantage. This ensures that police officers are working within the scope of their authority and not unnecessarily violating you in any way. However, audio and video recordings can be used against you to pursue charges. Speak and act accordingly.
#2. DO NOT ALWAYS REFUSE THE EXERCISES OR BREATH TEST. SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT REFUSALS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA CONSTITUTE A CRIMINAL OFFENSE AND COULD RESULT IN YOU SUBJECTING YOURSELF TO MORE TROUBLE THAT NECESSARY.
This tip directly correlates with number 5, which advises you to cooperate with police officers if stopped. Avoid confrontation and any behaviors that could be interpreted as insubordinate. If you fear that the results may incriminate you, sort out the details with an experienced DUI attorney.
#1. LIMIT YOUR CONSUMPTION AND APPOINT DESIGNATED DRIVERS!
Have a few beverages in moderation and avoid compromising your reputation, freedom, and occupation. Maintaining your ability to exercise good judgment is crucial! If you feel like you’ve had too many drinks, then appoint a trusted friend to get behind the wheel. Don’t risk your livelihood over a weekend of fun! Enjoy your holiday.