If you feel overwhelmed and frightened after a DUI arrest, you are not alone. It is normal to feel daunted by the Tennessee legal system and the potential consequences that can come from a criminal conviction. Whether this is your first drunk driving charge or you have a history of DUI arrests, it is important to protect your rights at every stage of the process.
In the confusion following an arrest, don't lose sight of that fact that every defendant has the right to legal assistance. Law enforcement cannot deny you the right to speak to an attorney about your case. In fact, you are not obligated to discuss your case with the police without an attorney present. Any information that you willingly offer to the police can be used by the prosecution to build a case against you.
Tennessee residents who have been charged with drunk driving are entitled to certain protections and are presumed innocent in the eyes of the law until and unless actually convicted of a crime. Protecting these entitlements begins by allowing an experienced lawyer to examine your case and determine how to fight the accusations you face. If your rights were violated by the police during the traffic stop or after your arrest, a legal team can vigorously move to have certain evidence ruled inadmissible and the charges against you reduced or dropped.
With prompt action, a drunk driving arrest does not have to change the direction of your life. Your future and the protection of your rights may depend on how you react to your arrest, which is why it is important to reach out for help as soon as possible. Our website offers information about our approach to DUI defense and how one of our team members can help you.