Avoid an Unjust Conviction for DWI or DUI
Even if you only have a single drink and then drive hours later, you could still be arrested and convicted of drinking while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Alcohol breath testers (which are really only estimators of the alcohol content in the bloodstream) are often unreliable and yield estimates that are too high.
Unfortunately, field sobriety tests are so subjective and unreliable that many completely sober people cannot pass them under ideal laboratory conditions. The situation becomes much worse in reality because the tests are usually given at the side of a road on an uneven surface with sand or pebbles scattered about, with the distracting bright headlights and noise of cars speeding past, and with the person being tested under great stress.
The legal deck is stacked against innocent drivers who have far less alcohol in their systems than legally prohibited so it pays to know how to protect yourself from an unjust conviction. Being unfairly convicted could have serious consequences for your employment, your finances, your reputation and other parts of your life for as long as you live.
“What should I say if stopped by the police?” “Should I refuse to blow into the breath test machine?” “What should I do if I’m arrested but know I’m innocent?” Warren Redlich, a DWI defense lawyer, clearly discusses these and many other such questions in his very readable guide, Fair DUI: Stay Safe and Sane in a World Gone MADD.
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- Redlich, Warren. Fair DUI: Stay Safe and Sane in a World Gone MADD. Boca Raton, FL: West Boca Press, 2013. ISBN 9780615832784
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