Questions Your Nashville DUI Lawyer Must Ask
When you are arrested for drunk driving, a Tennessee DUI lawyer can become the new most important person in your life. A drunk driving conviction can have devastating consequences, including jail time and the suspension of your driver's license. A Nashville DUI lawyer may be able to help you avoid the serious consequences of a drunk driving conviction, but will need your help in understanding what happened and in building a strong defense.
To best advocate for you, your Tennessee DUI attorney must ask you some tough questions. Remember, everything that you say to your attorney is privileged and confidential; your attorney cannot share it with anyone. You don't have to be afraid to answer questions and you should always answer honestly so that your lawyer will have the information he needs to help you.
11 Questions Your Nashville DUI Lawyer Must Ask
Some of the questions that your Tennessee DUI lawyer will likely ask include the following:
- What was your itinerary prior to arrest?
- How much alcohol or drugs did you consume prior to arrest? This question must be answered thoroughly including the type of drink, the time you started and when you stopped.
- What were your observations of the officer?
- What were the officer's stated reasons for stopping you? Law enforcement cannot just pull you over for any reason; this would violate your Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. If the officer who pulled you over did not have probable cause to do so, then any evidence collected can be suppressed (kept out of court). This could leave the prosecutor with insufficient evidence to prove your case.
- Did the officer ask or order you to take roadside tests? Roadside tests can be used against you, but they are notoriously unreliable as a means of proving drunk driving.
- How was your performance on the roadside tests?
- What statements did you make to the officer? Any statements that you made to police could potentially be used against you in court as a means of proving your guilt. It is important that your Tennessee DUI lawyer is aware of any potentially incriminating information you may have provided.
- What were the results of any breath or blood tests? Breath tests can often be unreliable, especially since Tennessee only gives one test while the federal government recommends two tests to ensure accuracy.
- Were there witnesses to your arrest?
- Were you observed for 20 minutes prior to a breath test? If not, then the test may be considered to have been improperly administered by law enforcement.
- Did you request a blood test, at your own expense, after submitting to a breath test?
You should be prepared to answer any of these questions when meeting with an experienced Nashville DUI lawyer. Be honest, because your lawyer is only trying to help you. With the answers to these questions, your TN DUI attorney can advise you about how best to proceed and build a case for you.
For assistance in your drunk driving case, contact the Law Offices of Lee Martin today.
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