Sigal Law Group Comments on Drinking and Driving on New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous days of the year for drinking and driving. This New Year's Eve, check out your options, plan ahead and avoid getting a DUI.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2012
Law enforcement is cracking down on drinking and driving in Los Angeles County this New Year's Eve. According to an article published by DailyNews, 15,000 people were arrested last year on New Year's Eve on suspicion of drinking and driving by Los Angeles police. This year won't be any different, according to Sigal Law Group.
Metro rail and bus lines throughout Los Angeles will be free tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., and AAA has agreed to arrange free tow homes for cars belonging to people who are unable to drive home. The AAA “Tipsy Tow” service is good for a free tow of up to seven miles.
To take advantage of the “Tipsy Tow” program, call 1-800-400-4AAA (4222). The program will be available from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. One person can ride in the tow truck. The truck will only go to your home.
Of course, the best thing to do is not to drink and drive. But, Sigal Law Group offers the following tips for people who are pulled over under the suspicion of drinking and driving.
When a person is stopped by a police officer and is suspected of drinking and driving, the officer will ask, “Have you been drinking?” The best thing for a person to do in this situation is to remember that he or she has the right to remain silent. If the individual says, “I just had one beer,” or “I only had one glass of wine with dinner,” he or she just gave the officer the right to investigate for a DUI.
By politely refusing to answer the question, the individual has made it easier for his or her defense attorney to establish a defense later down the road, according to Sigal Law Group. When an individual admits to drinking and driving, the case is more difficult to defend.
According to Sigal Law Group, it is also important to remember that taking a field sobriety test is voluntary.
“As a DUI defense attorney who has seen countless DUI cases, many times my clients will tell me that they passed the voluntary field sobriety tests when the police report in the DUI case will say otherwise,” said Vitaly Sigal of Sigal Law Group. “The field sobriety tests will also later be used by prosecutors in your DUI case in court as evidence that you were driving under the influence of alcohol and in an impaired manner.”
When an officer asks a person to take a field sobriety test, he or she has the right to refuse. Lastly, if an officer asks a person to take a breathalyzer test to determine his or her blood alcohol content (B.A.C.), he or she can refuse and can ask to take a chemical test.
“Even if you have been drinking copious amounts of alcohol, it is still not in your best interest to refuse to take any B.A.C. test,” Mr. Sigal said. “All licensed drivers in California agree to something called “implied consent”. Basically what it means is that submitting to a B.A.C. test when you are suspected by a police officer of DUI is one of the conditions of your having a California Driver's License.”
However, Mr. Sigal encourages people to refuse the breathalyzer test and to ask for a chemical test. Because most chemical tests are conducted at a hospital, the delay of getting to the hospital and any delays once the person arrives can help lower the person's blood alcohol content, which can help the person in the long run.
About Sigal Law Group
Sigal Law Group is a Los Angeles criminal law firm that represents individuals accused of misdemeanors and felonies, including drinking and driving. To learn more about Sigal Law Group, visit our website. To schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney at our firm, call 1-818-325-0570.
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