Phoenix DUI lawyer Nick Alcock warns of a DUI police task force this Labor Day. He offers his advice to avoid a DUI arrest and conviction.
Online PR News – 02-September-2011 – – Phoenix DUI attorney Nick Alcock is warning Phoenix residents of another busy DUI police task force this labor day. Avoiding getting stopped is more difficult that you might think.
"People tend to think that as long as they drive carefully, they won't get pulled over. What people don't know is that the police set up checkpoints and pull over everyone, regardless of their driving behavior. Furthermore, the police often stop a vehicle for the most minute traffic violation, including ticky-tack equipment issues such as a crack in the windshield."
Speaking with other Phoenix DUI lawyers, Alcock has noted that some bars receive intense scrutiny from the police. He notes, "I know that there are particular establishments that the police pay special attention to. Anyone leaving these bars stands a much higher risk for a traffic stop. Once you talk to 20 or 30 people who claim they were stopped for no reason outside a particular bar, it gets your attention."
So what should you do if you find yourself getting pulled over? DUI attorney Alcock says don't panic. "When the lights and siren come on the DUI investigation has already started. They way you drive, how you park when you pull over, and whether or not you fumble for your license in your wallet are all pieces of evidence that a police officer will scrutinize. Be very careful to park your vehicle correctly. Be polite and have your paperwork ready to hand over when the officer taps on the window."
That being said, a person always has the right to remain silent. Alcock notes, "There is nothing wrong with saying that you would like to call your attorney before answering any questions. That statement cannot be used against you later in court. It doesn't make you look more guilty, it just means that you are aware of your Constitutional rights." By invoking your right to a DUI lawyer, the police will not be able to ask questions about how much you had to drink and how impaired you feel. It also prevents the police from conducting roadside field sobriety tests. As a result, the police will have less evidence to support an arrest and the prosecution will have less ammunition in court should your case go to trial.
So this labor day season, be careful and remember that Arizona is effectively a zero-tolerance state when it comes to DUI. The best piece of advice a criminal defense attorney can give is to tell a person to take a cab instead of risking it behind the wheel. If you have been arrested for DUI, feel free to call the Phoenix law firm of Alcock and Associates for a free consultation. 602-989-5000.