State troopers are expected to put additional units on the road over the Labor Day weekend this year. There will also be more security checkpoints. Emphasis will be placed on the “fatal four” infractions, and many are likely to experience an arrest. Learn what to watch out for, and discover how an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help with your criminal charges case.
The “Fatal Four” Behaviors
As previously mentioned, state troopers are expected to focus on the “fatal four” driving behaviors over Labor Day weekend: distracted driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding, and driving under the influence. The final focus – driving while intoxicated – could result in jail time, fines, and a suspension of the driver’s license. Thankfully, there are ways to fight back.
Sobriety Testing Not Required
First and foremost, drivers should know that they are not required to submit to a sobriety test, even at security checkpoints. True, every licensed driver has given their implied consent, and there may be additional consequences upon conviction if a sobriety test was refused, but some drivers may fare better if they retain their right to refuse to test. Examples might include individuals who have been wrongfully stopped and those with legitimate health conditions that may result in a positive chemical test (i.e. medical marijuana users).
If You Are Arrested
Regardless of whether you refuse testing or submit, remember that you do have legal rights. First, you have the right to remain silent, so be sure to exercise it. Do not say anything until after you have contacted an experienced criminal defense attorney (you also have a right to legal counsel). Also, ensure you contact your attorney as soon as feasible. Doing so not only reduces your risk of unintentionally incriminating yourself, but it can also ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process.
An attorney may also be able to have your charges dismissed, or they may be able to mitigate against any consequences that you may face. Lastly, know that you may be eligible for a non-monetary bail option, which could allow for your release while charges are pending. If you have any questions about this option, ask your attorney for more information.
Contact Our Arlington Heights Criminal Defense Lawyer
At Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, we aggressively represent the rights and best interest of our clients. Dedicated and experienced, our Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyers will work hard to achieve the most favorable outcome possible in your case. Learn more about our services by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 847-253-3400 today.
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