DUI arrests and DUI convictions can have serious consequences, both immediate and in the future. When people speak with me, they are most often looking for advice on how to avoid a DUI arrest or how to avoid a DUI arrest turning into a DUI conviction. 101 Ways to Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction by William C. Head, Esq. and Reese I. Joye, Jr., Esq. is a great resource to both questions and will be featured in a 10 part blog series here on the FL DUI Group Blog. The fifth part features ways 41-50 to avoid an Orlando DUI conviction.
41. Make sure that you and all your passengers are wearing seat belts, and that no distractions in your car (such as rowdy passengers, the radio or a tape player) would cause you to not concentrate on driving.
42. Use turn signals whenever required, and do not use your high beam lights at all on the entire trip home.
43. Be aware that traffic offenses such as speeding, running a red light, and not making a complete stop at a stop sign are the leading causes for the police to stop vehicles that subsequently result in DUI convictions.
44. In bad weather, due to more than a ten times greater chance of an accident, don’t drive after consuming any alcohol at all since you can be convicted of a DUI even where the level of alcohol was less than the per se limit or the traditional DUI threshold when an accident is involved.
45. “Blend in” with traffic because studies have shown that it is significantly more difficult for police to detect an impaired driver than when your car is isolated on the highway.
46. Don’t be a good Samaritan on the way home because acts of kindness or civic-mindedness can bring you into contact with police, resulting in a DUI conviction.
47. Don’t ever try to elude an officer because such an attempt constitutes a serious offense and may even result in a tragic accident, or possibly lead to a murder charge.
48. If you are pulled over by the police, don’t exit your car unless instructed to do so by the police officer, because you may incriminate yourself by conduct which indicates intoxication (being unsteady on your feet).
49. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, don’t argue with the police officer. Simply give the officer your documents, and don’t talk except to respond in the most basic fashion. Your pocket recorder will tape the transaction for later use.
50. If you receive a ticket for a moving violation, and not a DUI citation, don’t press your luck by continuing to drive. The police may well be looking for you down the road. Go to a motel and check in, or call someone to come get you.
Excerpted from the book, 101 Ways to Avoid a Drunk Driving Conviction by William C. Head, Esq. and Reese I. Joye, Jr., Esq.
Copyright 1991 by William C. Head and Reese I. Joye, Jr. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit, except with written permission, but may be freely distributed electronically provided that the entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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